New anti-diabetic compound class 'has fewer side effects'

Posted on 05 September 2011

A new class of anti-diabetic compound has been created, possible aiding those paying for care with the condition.

In a study carried out at the Scripps Research Institute, researchers established the new class of anti-diabetic compound which targets a unique molecular switch.

This discovery could lead the way for development of anti-diabetic medications with fewer side effects compared to currently used drugs such as Avandia, according to the research published in journal Nature.

Researcher Patrick R Griffin said: "In this study, we demonstrate that we have discovered novel compounds that work effectively through a unique mechanism of action on a well-validated clinical target for diabetes.

"This unique mechanism of action appears to significantly limit side effects associated with marketed drugs."

Meanwhile, a University of Missouri study has found that inactive individuals could be at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, potentially increasing their need to look for ways to pay for care.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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