Scientists study diabetes pill's effect on slowing Alzheimer's
A new trial is underway to see whether a drug used to treat diabetes can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The study involves 200 participants with early Alzheimer’s memory loss.
The drug being tested is called liraglutide, and is a safe, effective drug used for the treatment of diabetes. Studies have found that liraglutide also reduces brain inflammation and improves the growth of brain cells and the connections between them.
Participants will receive a daily injection of the drug or a placebo for a year. They will also have memory tests and brain scans done before and after the treatment. The hope for the three-year trial is that the medication will slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
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