Diabetes type 2 could be treated by cheap aspirin-like drug Salsalate

Old is gold! Harvard researcher’s discovery in a old German medical journal shows a promising cost-effective way to help treat diabetes.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Steven Shoelson and colleagues found an 1876 article ( in the above said journal) that suggested the arthritis drug salsalate may help diabetics control their blood sugar.

Salsalate is an aspirin-like drug that reduces pain and inflammation in conditions such as arthritis, joint pain or muscle strains.

Salsalate which is chemically closely related to aspirin-like drugs, is basically  a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Salsalate is used for the rapid relief of mild to moderate pain and fever. It is also used for the treatment of inflammation and pain of soft tissue injuries, tendinitis,  bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other related arthritis conditions.

Scientists at the Joslin Diabetes Center have been testing the anti-inflammatory drug in several small studies of type 2 diabetes and found it significantly lowered spikes in blood sugar.

Experts believe,  Salsalate being a cheap, generic drug could be benefit patients in the United States and in developing countries by :-

  • Improving glucose control,
  • lowering the cost of diabetes treatment,
  • and the risk of complications and hospitalizations.

Source: MarketWatch

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