Monday, July 04, 2011

Grapefruit compound could treat diabetes

Grapefruit compound could treat diabetes, lower cholesterol and produce Atkins diet benefits without dieting

Big Pharma has been doggedly searching for drugs that target a group of nuclear receptor proteins in the human body known by the long title of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs, for short). The reason? PPARs regulate the expression of genes that are involved in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, among other functions -- so the theory is that if drugs could control PPARs, the medications would treat diabetes, high cholesterol and even maybe obesity.Read more...

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