Sydney: A drug designed to improve levels of "good" cholesterol may also help control blood sugar in diabetics who are on cholesterol-lowering drugs.Researchers stumbled on this finding while analysing data from a clinical trial on the drug torcetrapib. The development of this drug was halted five years ago. Torcetrapib is a cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor, a type of drug that increases levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDLs, or "good" cholesterol), Journal of the American Heart Association. The study found that 6,661 people with type 2 diabetes - also known as "adult-onset" diabetes - showed improved blood sugar control when taking torcetrapib along with a statin medication that reduces low-density lipoproteins (LDLs or "bad" cholesterol). Subjects who took a statin and a placebo did not see such improvements, according to a University of Sydney statement.
About 220 million people worldwide have diabetes, according to the World Health Organization. An estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes, which increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and various other health problems.IANS
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