Insulin May Reduce Several Inflammatory Factors Induced by Bacterial Infection
Posted Sep 08 2010 6:21pm
Treating intensive care patients who develop life-threatening bacterial infections, or septicemia, with insulin potentially could reduce their chances of succumbing to the infection, if results of a new preliminary study can be replicated in a larger study.
A paper published online ahead of print in Diabetes Care reports that insulin lowered the amount of inflammation and oxidative stress in study participants who had been injected with a common bacteria, or endotoxin, known as LPS (lipopolysaccharide).
The study was conducted by University at Buffalo endocrinologists at Kaleida Health’s Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York.