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Daily probiotic pill could one day treat diabetes: study

Jan 30, 2015    

Washington: A daily probiotic pill may one day help people control their diabetes, scientists say. Researchers have engineered a strain of lactobacillus, a human probiotic common in the gut, to secrete a Glucagen-like peptide (GPL-1).They then administered it orally to diabetic rats for 90 days and found the rats receiving the engineered probiotic had up to 30 percent lower high blood glucose, a hallmark of diabetes.The study was a proof of principle, and future work will test higher doses to see if a complete treatment can be achieved, said John March, professor of biological and environmenta...

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