New Hope: Drug Being Tested Reduces Diabetes Symptoms

New medical breakthroughs are happening all the time, and we might all live to actually see diabetes become an epidemic of the past. Currently, a new drug being tested that shows promise has reduced diabetes symptoms in mice.

The Discovery

The study is a partnership between the University of California and the University of Barcelona. Researches found that an enzyme inhibitor can reduce inflammatory pain and neuropathic pain.

This enzyme, called soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH), has been found to reduce diabetes symptoms in mice. It not only prevented the onset of diabetes in some, but it actually reversed the effects in rodents who were obese.

“Our previous studies show the drug we are working on will reduce the symptoms of diabetes in mice by itself,” said Bruce Hammock, one of the lead researchers from University of California, Davis. But the partnership with Barcelona made an even bigger discovery. “The excitement about Joan Clària’s work is that if the mice have a genetically increased level of omega-3 fatty acids — the drug offers prevention or cure in mice.”

According to the study on mice, issues such as renal failure, hypertension, pain and heart failure-- all deadly complications of diabetes -- can be reversed. While studies are still going on, it appears that the drugs stabilizing effect of omega-3 fatty acids is the key.

Clinical trials on humans will hopefully be in the near future, bringing hope that one day we’ll finally see a cure.

Photo: Nature World News