Risk of Type 2 Diabetes May be Decreased by Using a Dietary Supplement

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Research published last week in the online edition of the peer-reviewed journal PLoS One concluded that an over-the-counter dietary supplement may help prevent Type 2 diabetes by inhibiting the development of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.
In their early preliminary study, a naturally produced amino acid-like molecule named GABA was given to obese mice that were insulin resistant and in the early stages of Type 2 diabetes. They found that GABA supressed the inflammatory immune response involved in the development of the condition. The authors said GABA helped prevent the progression and also improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity even after the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Consequently, they believe this may be a new therapeutic intervention in the future for treating obese-related Type 2 diabetes.

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