Scientists have developed an oral agent to reverse type 2 diabetes

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By: PTI | New Delhi |
Published: June 12, 2018 4:58:24 pm


Can a pill possibly replicate surgery? Scientists have developed an oral agent to reverse diabetes. (Source: Pixabay)

Scientists have developed a less invasive and effective treatment for reversing type 2 diabetes, one that can offer the same benefits as surgery. In a study published in the journal Nature Materials, researchers administered an oral agent in rats to deliver a substance that could temporarily coat the intestine to prevent nutrient contact with the lining in the proximal bowel and avoid post-meal spikes in blood sugar. “We envision a pill that a patient can take before a meal that transiently coats the gut to replicate the effects of surgery,” said Jeff Karp from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in the US.

“Over the last several years, we have been working with our…

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