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  • Writer's pictureJulie Manley

Type 2 diabetes drug could slow down Parkinson's Disease

A diabetes drug could be used to slow down Parkinson's disease progression. Researchers have concluded a year-long study and discovered that people who took exenatide weekly had better motor functions compared to a control group.

"The drug holds potential to affect the course of the disease itself, not merely the symptoms"

"While we are optimistic about the results, there is more investigation to be done and it will be a number or years before a new treatment could be approved and ready to use."

exenatide - activated receptors in the pancreas that stimulates insulin release. The same receptors are found in the brain where they improve the function of dopamine connections. Symptoms for Parkinson's becomes apparent after 70 percent off the brain's dopamine-production cells have been affected by the condition.

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