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Arthritis Drug Shows Promise In Type 2 Diabetes Study

Posted Mar 16 2010 4:06pm

A low-cost drug known since the time of the Pharaohs improved diabetes symptoms in a Boston study being published today, and its success supports an entirely new way of understanding the disease.

The drug, called salsalate, is also being studied as a potential treatment for repeat heart attacks and to stall development of Type 2 diabetes.

It’s too early to know whether the medication, commonly used to treat arthritis, can fulfill all this potential. But the new study of 108 patients, from researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center, found that patients with Type 2 diabetes were better able to process sugar when they added the medicine to their drug regimen. It was the first major study designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of salsalate for diabetics.

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