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[IP] New oral drug could treat type 2 diabetes: report


New oral drug could treat type 2 diabetes: report
NEW YORK, Apr 26 (Reuters Health) - A drug that blocks a particular enzyme 
that affects blood-sugar control has shown early promise in treating type 2 
diabetes, according to study findings released Friday.
Type 2 diabetes, which usually strikes in adulthood, is marked by poorly 
controlled blood sugar, or glucose, and arises from the body's inability to 
properly use the hormone insulin, the body's key blood-sugar regulator. The 
study of 93 adults in the early stages of type 2 diabetes found that over 4 
weeks, the oral drug lowered patients' levels of blood glucose.

The new drug acts by inhibiting an enzyme known as DPP IV, which breaks down 
other hormones that help control blood glucose.

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