Frog's slime and black tea could combat diabetes
New findings suggest that black tea and frog slime could both combat diabetes.
Scientists have discovered that the slimy skin of the South American paradoxical frog can stimulate the release of insulin, the hormone lacking in sufferers of diabetes.
The bright green and pink frogs from Trinidad and the Amazon basin, produce the substance, known as pseudin-2, to protect themselves from infection.
The study was carried out by the University of Ulster and lead researcher Dr Yasser Abdel-Wahab commented: ‘We have found that pseudin-2 has the potential for development into a compound for the treatment of Type II diabetes. Now we need to take this a step further and put our work into practice to try and help diabetes sufferers.’
There are 2.3 million people living with diabetes in the UK, which often develops in middle age and is often associated with lifestyle factors such as obesity.
Meanwhile, scientists at Dundee University have discovered drinking black tea could help prevent the illness. Researchers believe certain components of tea, known as theaflavins and thearubigins, could behave like an insulin substitute.
Lead researcher, Dr Rena, said: ‘There is definitely something interesting in the way these naturally occurring components of black tea may have a beneficial effect, both in terms of diabetes and our wider health.’