Fredrik Bäckhed, University of Gothenburg, is on his way to make a drug that can prevent and cure type 2 diabetes. By taking drug capsules with special gut bacteria, he believes a large proportion of those with type 2 diabetes can get better. Through his research he has found that patients with type 2 diabetes lack certain bacteria, so they break down certain nutrients differently and the substance imidazole propionate is formed. The substance impairs the cells' ability to respond to insulin, Experiments with mice have already succeeded next in line is man.
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