Metformin May Help in Treatment of Strokes
Metformin, one of the most commonly used diabetes drugs, may also rehabilitate the brain after it’s been injured by a stroke, researchers report.
Lead researcher Freda Miller, PhD, of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto found that mice treated with metformin formed new memories faster than those given a control substance, Miller and colleagues reported in the July 6 issue of “Cell Stem Cell.”
Metformin or a drug like it, the researchers said, could be used in the treatment of nervous-system disorders like ischemic stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
Metformin, one of the most common substances prescribed for Type 2 diabetics, is used to control the amount of glucose in a patient’s blood and to increase the response to insulin.