A Norwegian study shows that the taking of diabetes medicine reduces the risk of getting Parkinson's disease.
Researchers show that diabetes medicine helps reduce the risk to get Parkinson's disease.
"We have made an important discovery, which takes us a step further towards solving the Parkinson's riddle," says researcher Charalampos Tzoulis. He has lead the study together with researcher Kristoffer Haugarvoll at the same department.
Tzoulis says that the researchers have to do follow-up studies on the diabetes medicine to fully understand why it protects against Parkinson´s disease.
"If we understand the mechanisms behind the protection, then we have a chance to develop a new treatment," Tzoulis says.
The researchers believe that the diabetes medicines, containing so-called glitazones, are influencing the cells to produce more mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cells, transforming nutrients that the cells need to work.
Tzoulis'research group has previously shown that the production of mitochondria decreases during Parkinson's.
To see the connection between diabetes and Parkinson's, the researchers analysed and compared data from the Norwegian Prescription Data Base. The database has stored information on all use of prescription the last 10 years and contains data on more than 100 million prescriptions.
MEDICA-tradefair.com; Source: University of Bergen