Laboratory research in the United Kingdom has recently uncovered that a medication designed to treat diabetes may hold the secret to memory loss reversal in seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. The results have proven successful during animal testing. Clinical trials on people may be the next step.
Lancaster University Study
An article published in the journal Brain Research explained that scientists from Lancaster University determined a triple receptor drug holds potential for treating Alzheimer’s disease. The study involved laboratory mice who were bred to have the inherited form of Alzheimer’s. Once the disease process advanced, some of the mice were given the medication. After receiving the drug, all the mice were encouraged to navigate a maze.
The animals receiving the triple agonist medication demonstrated better learning and memory abilities. Physiological evaluations revealed that the treated mice also had a reduced amount of plaque buildup in their brains. The rodents also exhibited reduced inflammation and neuron loss. The scientists concluded that the treated animals had the benefit of increased neuron protection. The results of the trial indicate that the new medication offers hope for people living with neurodegenerative health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
As researchers have not developed a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s disease in more than a decade, the latest study thrills scientists. Additionally, as the Alzheimer’s population is estimated to triple in the next three decades, the success of the new medication is of the utmost importance.
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The medication belongs to a classification of drugs known as triple receptors because the formula contains GLP-1, GIP, and glucagon, which are all growth factors. In the brains of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, these substances are prevented from being produced or from carrying on their normal function. Without the growth factors, neurons gradually lose their functioning ability, which leads to Alzheimer’s symptoms. So far, in laboratory animals, the new triple agonist medication inhibits the effects of neurodegeneration while encouraging cell growth.
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The Alzheimer’s Diabetes Connection
For decades, people believed diabetes occurred due to changes in the liver and the pancreas. However, researchers have now determined the underlying cause of diabetes to be the changes that first take place in the brain. The hormone insulin has natural neural protection properties and certain growth factors.
The new theory influenced scientists to perform research using the diabetes medication known as liraglutide, which contains the glucagon-like peptide-1, also known as GLP-1. The formula acts as a receptor agonist. When administered to laboratory animals, the medication dramatically enhanced the cognitive function of rodents with Alzheimer’s disease. Later testing uncovered similar results in hundreds of human test subjects. As the medication demonstrated effectiveness, the development of a triple-receptor agonist was thought to offer more neural protection and benefits.
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