In a new research scientists have found that the venom of platypus can be used as a prescription for diabetes patients as it will help to control sugar level.
[junkie-alert style=”green”] Platypus is a unique semi-aquatic mammal which lays eggs but feeds its babies after they are born. The male produces venom which is released through their spur on the hind foot. [/junkie-alert]
Researchers from University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences and the Robinson Research Institute have found that its poison contains a hormone ‘GLP-1’ which is also produced in humans which releases insulin to lower the sugar level.
Researchers have found a compound in platypus venom that balances blood sugar and could potentially be used to treat diabetes.
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In diabetes patients the insulin released is not sufficient to lower the sugar level, and doctors prescribe medicines to lower the blood pressure. But the GLP-1 found in platypus is far superior and more resistant with long lasting effects in controlling sugar.
Professor Briony Forbes, from Flinders University’s School of Medicine believes soon it will be used for diabetes patients.