Type 2 diabetes drug combats Parkinson’s
A diabetes drug could be a breakthrough treatment for stopping Parkinson’s disease in its tracks, a study suggests.
People with Parkinson’s who took Exenatide – an existing diabetes medication – for around a year had better motor skills than those who took a placebo.
The results suggest the drug could halt decline in Parkinson’s patients rather than just relieving symptoms.
Experts welcomed the University College London (UCL) research as a ‘particularly promising’ step in the search for a treatment to slow or stop the disease.
The drug is modelled on the saliva of the Gila monster lizard and has been used since 2005 to treat Type 2 diabetes.
The research is published in The Lancet on Friday and was funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).
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