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Dietary supplement blocks MS, diabetes symptoms

A dietary supplement has been found to suppress the damaging autoimmune response seen in multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes…

May 18, 2007

A dietary supplement has been found to suppress the damaging autoimmune response seen in multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes mellitus. In studies on mice, Dr. Michael Demetriou and colleagues with the UC Irvine Center for Immunology found that N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) inhibited the growth and function of cells that incorrectly direct the immune system to attack specific tissues in the body, such as brain myelin in MS and insulin-producing cells of the pancreas in diabetes. The finding shows the potential of using a dietary supplement to help treat autoimmune diseases.