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Cough Medicine Ingredient May Treat Diabetes, Says Study

| by Michael Allen

Dextromethorphan is an ingredient found in cough medicine that helps stimulate the production of insulin and may be helpful in treating diabetes, according to a new study.

Researchers at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, claim that dextromethorphan increased insulin production in mice and humans, noted MedicalDaily.com.

Dextromethorphan has less side effects that many drugs used for type 2 diabetes, which is when people have high levels of blood sugar, but do not make enough insulin to process it.

The researchers made their discovery by accident while studying hyperinsulism, a condition when people naturally produce too much insulin.

They tested dextromethorphan on twenty men with type 2 diabetes, and found positive results that replicated prior tests using mice, human cells and mouse cells, Arstechnica.com reports.

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The researchers do not advocate using cough syrup to treat diabetes as more studies are needed.

Sources: MedicalDaily.com, Arstechnica.com
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