Alzheimer’s Treatment - Diabetes Drug may help treat
July 17th, 2006
Research from the
University of Virginia Health System and Case Western Reserve University
found that a drug called piogliatozone HCI, which is used to treat type
2 Diabetes may also help people suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease damages the brain’s ability to think and remember
well and affects approximately 4.5 million people in the United States.
"We believe that
the drug may reduce the body's inflammatory reaction to one of the toxic
components that builds up in Alzheimer's, called amyloid plaque,” said
Dr. David Geldmacher, an associate professor of neurology at UVa. The
study was first reported at the world's largest Alzheimer's conference,
ICAD 2006, in Madrid, Spain on July 16th, 2006. There is a
growing idea of a relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s that
have made ICAD organizers highlight this study.