Diabetes Drug Research: A Setback, But Other Alternatives

Diabetes drug research has become a priority for many scientists recently, but a setback occurred yesterday when the a diabetes medication known as dapagliflozen, produced by Myers Squibb Co. and AstraZeneca. The FDA expressed concerns over potential cancer risks and wants more research to be conducted before giving its seal of approval.

Though researchers will undoubtedly continue to search for a safe and effective diabetes drug until they are successful, people will have to turn to existing information and treatment options in the meantime. Fortunately, there’s plenty of food-related research that you can use to lower your risk of diabetes, as well as some benefits for people who are already diabetic, too.

Here are five dietary remedies:

1. Dairy: Research found that consuming trans-palmitoleic acid (TPA) helps to ward off type 2 diabetes. While TPA is not produced naturally in the body, it is found in many dairy products.

2. Berries: Berries are rich in antioxidants, which have been found to impede cancer cell growth, reduce your risk of heart disease, and, yes, even lower your chance of having diabetes.

3. Whole Grains: A study found that whole grains have the ability to help diabetics improve their heart health. Even if you’re not diabetic, you can still enjoy the benefits of whole grains: the same study determined that whole grains can reduce your likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

4. Leafy Greens: If you need one more reason to add vegetables to your diet, here it is: recent research claims that leafy green vegetables can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

5. Cinnamon: Cinnamon does wonders for your blood sugar, and has even been found to lower cholesterol levels in diabetics.


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