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Sat Apr 20 10:53:52 EDT 2013

I just read about a recent study that directly links Metform to Alzheimker's. I believe it was conduct at UCSD in San Diego. Can you shed some light?
Asked By: jowiser  

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2013-04-19 11:07:57.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Recent research .showed that metformin can stimulate the development of both mice and human stem cells into nerve cells in a laboratory setting. When mice were injected with the drug, new nerve cells developed in the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

Current treatments for Alzheimer’s can slow its progression of disease but cannot reverse it. If the same effects seen in mice were also seen in humans it may lead to improved symptoms such as memory loss. However, treatment must be safe and effective when given to people. Look for more research in this future..

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2012-07-06-diabetes-drug-metformin-could-aid-alzheimers/

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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