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A modified form of niclosamide, used to eliminate intestinal parasites, may be instrumental in combating diabetes. Ideally, niclosamide would reduce fat content in the liver, improving the body’s ability to use insulin properly. Research toward that end appears promising.

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Attacking Type 2 Diabetes From a New Direction

Type 2 diabetes affects an estimated 28 million Americans according to the American Diabetes Association, but medications currently available treat only symptoms rather than the root cause of the disease. New research from Rutgers University shows promising evidence that a modified form of a different drug, niclosamide, currently used to eliminate intestinal parasites, may hold the key to battling the disease at its source.

The study, led by Victor Shengkan Jin, PhD, an associate professor of pharmacology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been published online by the journal Nature Medicine.

Jin says it is important to find a suitable medication as quickly as possible to correct the cause of the disease because the only way now known to “cure” the disease involves major gastric bypass surgery. “The surgery can only be performed on highly obese people,” Jin explains, “and carries significant risks that include death, so it is not a realistic solution for most patients.”

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