ANCHOR LEAD: A NEW TYPE OF MEDICATION HELPS TYPE II DIABETES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Inflammation is implicated as the mechanism by which damage to the body occurs in a wide range of diseases. Now diabetes may be added to the list, with a new study showing that a medication that reduces inflammation benefits the condition. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.
SAUDEK: The number of medications available has increased so much, in fact, there are seven or eight classes of medications, not just brands but completely different types of medications available now to treat type II diabetes. It acts by a completely new, novel mechanism, which is to block inflammation, which is an approach that is not been used in the past at least as far as I know, and it’s interesting merely for that reason. In the end, the insulin secretion is increased but the real interest is that it blocks these interleukin molecules that are involved in inflammation. :31
Saudek says most people end up with several medicines to treat diabetes. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.