Iron binding drug could help diabetes neuropathy

Tue, 28 Jul 2009
According to research teams from Stanford University School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a type of drug that is used to remove quantities of iron from the body could help in the ongoing battle against a diabetes complication .

Diabetes news reports that diabetes-related poor wound healing, associated with neuropathy, could be greatly helped by the drug. Poor wound healing is very common amongst people with diabetes and at its most extreme can lead to amputation of limbs.

The drug, known as deferoxamine, has already been used to help mice with diabetes to heal small cuts. Dr. Gurtner, leading the study, reportedly commented: "The team is now working to arrange human trials for deferoxamine. And the findings could help doctors combat such diabetic complications as foot ulcers, an unmet medical need of gigantic proportions."
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