Scientists have discovered a new way to treat diabetes.
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute, in collaboration with teams from the Universities of Cambridge and Michigan, have identified that the medication Lorcaserin helps to improve Type 2 diabetes.
The medication modifies activity of neurons in the brain that are essential to regulate blood glucose levels.
It’s prescribed to help patients lose weight by regulating how hungry the person feels, but researchers have also discovered that the drug can reduce glucose levels and increase the body’s cells sensitivity to insulin.
Professor Lora Heisler, leading the Aberdeen research team, said: “We have discovered that this obesity drug, Lorcaserin, acts in the brain to improve type 2 diabetes.
“This discovery is important because type 2 diabetes is an incredibly prevalent disease in the modern world and new treatment choices are needed.”