Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Can Help Reverse Alzheimer’s, Study Says

Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Can Help Reverse Alzheimer’s, Study Says
A new study published in the journal Neuropharmacology revealed that drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes can actually help to reverse Alzheimer's disease. According to Professor Christian Holscher of Lancaster University and the lead scientist of the study, drugs for type 2 diabetes were continuously tested in lab mice for 10 weeks, leading to results that revealed the mice experienced improved memories and recognition of objects. Alzheimer's disease is the most frequent form of dementia. It is a progressive disease that begins with a slight loss of memory that ultimately leads to the loss of all the capacities that allow people to respond to their environment appropriately. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as of 2013 there were 5 million Americans over the age of 65 suffering with Alzheimer's. By 2050, there will be about 13.8 million American patients with the disease. “There are no drugs on the market for Alzheimer's disease that actually treat the disease, all we currently have are two types of drugs that mask the symptoms for a while. Lixisenatide and liraglutide offer a real improvement by treating the basis of the disease and, therefore, preventing degeneration,"
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