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.
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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.