Saturday 3 December 2016

Diabetes breakthrough a triumph for Maynooth

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

The outcome of their exhaustive and innovative research has the potential to change the lives of hundreds of millions should it reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes. Photo: PA
The outcome of their exhaustive and innovative research has the potential to change the lives of hundreds of millions should it reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes. Photo: PA

According to Pasteur, chance only favours the prepared mind. The discovery made by a team headed by Dr John Stephens from Maynooth's Department of Chemistry, was the culmination of five years' hard work rather than chance.

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The outcome of their exhaustive and innovative research has the potential to change the lives of hundreds of millions should it reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes.

If all goes according to plan, a pill could be available over the counter. The reason for the excitement is that the new compounds the team have found replicate the benefits of exercise, and thus amount to a potential game-changer in the treatment of diabetes. In Ireland, 200,000 live with diabetes - globally the figure is 370 million - at an estimated annual worldwide healthcare cost of €500bn. Ultimately, the breakthrough may reduce weight gain, which would be hugely beneficial to those living with the condition.

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