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Alcohol addiction could be treated with diabetes medication

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

London: A new research suggested that the medication for diabetes and obesity can treat alcohol dependency.

Swedish researchers identified that interfering with the hormone GLP-1 could be a target for treating alcohol dependence.Researchers have found that a medication that resemble GLP-1, which is used to treat Type-2 diabetes as well as obesity, also could be used to treat alcohol dependence.

fb72ediabetes-photoAlcohol dependence causes morbidity as well as mortality and is a major health problem in today’s society.

“We suggest that medications that resemble GLP-1 could be used to treat alcohol dependence in humans,” said one of the researchers Elisabet Jerlhag from Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Usually, dopamine is released in the brain’s reward center in response to drinking alcohol, which leads to a sense of euphoria.

The GLP-1-like substance prevents the ability of alcohol to increase dopamine in reward areas in the mice, suggesting that they no longer experience a reward from alcohol, the findings showed.

“The GLP-1-like substance reduced the alcohol consumption by 30-40 percent in rats that drank large quantities of alcohol for several months,” Jerlhag noted.

The researchers found that the diabetes medication also reduced the motivation to drink alcohol in rats that were bred to drink a lot of alcohol. The medication also prevented relapse drinking in rats, which is major problem for alcohol dependent individuals.

The study was published in the journal Addict Biology.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Eating Chocolate May Guard Against Diabetes

Having a significant amount of berries, tea and chocolate daily may help protect you from diabetes

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Eating Chocolate May Guard Against Diabetes
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Having a significant amount of berries, tea and chocolate daily may help protect you from diabetes.

According to researchers from University of East Anglia (UEA) and King’s College London in Britain, high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds in berries, tea and chocolate could guard against type 2 diabetes.

High intakes of these dietary compounds are associated with lower insulin resistance and better blood glucose regulation, said the study published in the Journal of Nutrition.
Researchers studied nearly 2,000 healthy women volunteers.

They found that those who consumed plenty of anthocyanins and flavones had lower insulin resistance.

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“High insulin resistance is associated with type 2 diabetes, so what we are seeing is that people who eat foods rich in these two compounds – such as berries, herbs, red grapes, wine – are less likely to develop the disease,” said Aedin Cassidy from UEA’s Norwich Medical School.

Those who had anthocyanins in great quantity were least likely to suffer chronic inflammation – which is associated with many of today’s most pressing health concerns including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer, she added.

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“Those who consumed the most flavone compounds had improved levels of a protein (adiponectin) which helps regulate a number of metabolic processes including glucose levels,” said Cassidy.

What we do not yet know is exactly how much of these compounds are necessary to potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, she added. (IANS)

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