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Two Steps to Treating Diabetes

October 10, 2019

I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. Soda,
candies and other sugary treats are sold almost everywhere in the US, including many schools,
hospitals and pharmacies. Though not entirely to blame, excess sugar has contributed to
a major diabetes epidemic. New research may have identified a double-punch method of treating
diabetes. According to a press release issued by eLife, a new study found that blocking
the hormone that raises sugar levels (glucagon) in addition to replacing insulin could be
the best way to keep most diabetics’ blood-sugar levels in check. Previous studies have suggested
that glucagon causes diabetes, not a lack of insulin, and that blocking glucagon levels
instead of injecting insulin could be an effective diabetes treatment. However, this study found
that blocking glucagon is only an effective treatment if some insulin is still being produced.
If you are living with diabetes, speak to your doctor about the best treatments for
you. For dailyRx, I’m Gabe Garza.

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