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Common Cough Medicine Ingredient May Treat Diabetes

An active ingredient in common cough medicine has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels in both humans and mice, indicating that it could someday be used to treat diabetes. The ingredient, dextromethorphan, is in many syrups and tablets that suppress coughs. It also lowers blood sugar levels in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by protecting insulin-producing beta cells. It is not, however, a cure for diabetes. Eckhard Lammert, a professor of physiology and director of the Diabetes...

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