What We’re Reading: A Red-Wine—Inspired Diabetes Drug?

By Web Team | December 6, 2007 2:06 pm

Although the increasing incidence of Type 2 diabetes among younger people is troubling, it remains a condition that is associated with aging. And it appears that by focusing on the sources of aging, researchers may develop a new treatment for Type 2 diabetes in the near future.

Last year, it was big news when resveratrol, a substance found in red wine, was found to counteract the effects of obesity and delay signs of aging in mice (read more in this Washington Post[1] article). Just last week, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced that it had developed drugs much more potent than resveratrol that have a similar effect on the genes that control aging. Furthermore, the drugs have been shown to reduce insulin resistance[2] in mice and rats, so the company intends to test and market the drugs as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Read the full story at MedlinePlus[3].


(As a side note, we find it amusing that an article on treating the genetic causes of Type 2 diabetes also flatly states that it “comes from too little exercise and a poor diet.” At least the article was corrected to address an even greater error; we were surprised to read in the previous version that drugs were being developed to “reduce insulin sensitivity”!)

This blog entry was written by Editorial Assistant Quinn Phillips.

  1. Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/01/AR2006110101667.html
  2. insulin resistance: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/articles/Diabetes_Definitions/Insulin_Resistance
  3. MedlinePlus: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_58410.html

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