A new COVID-19 drug for people with diabetes

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In a recent study, researchers developed a new COVID-19 treatment for people with diabetes, which has shown promising results in a trial.

The team recognized that it could activate cells from the immune system as a potential treatment for people with the SARS-CoV-2 virus by dampening the overactive response of the immune system which causes damage to the organs in the body, particularly the heart and lungs.

The study is from UCL. One researcher is Professors John Martin.

In the study, the team found a reduced number of deaths in patients receiving AZD1656 a promising finding which will need to be analyzed further by the researchers, when cellular immunology results become available.

The reduced mortality for patients on AZD1656 was observed on top of benefits from other medications, such as dexamethasone, as part of standard of care. AZD1656 was shown to be well-tolerated with no serious adverse reactions occurring.

Diabetes, whether type 1 or 2, has been the leading single cause of co-morbidity during the pandemic and one in three of all deaths with COVID-19 in hospitals in England have been associated with diabetes.

The researchers say their finding supports the continued test of AZD1656 for the treatment of people with diabetes who have COVID-19 in future clinical trials.

They also hope to trial the drug in people without diabetes potentially benefiting an even larger group of people such as patients with long COVID.

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