A study published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease states that a man-made nasal spray of insulin—a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood—may improve working memory in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers administered insulin detemir, a manufactured form of the hormone, on 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia (AD). The study participants who received nasally-administered 40 international unit (IU) doses of insulin detemir for 21 days showed significant improvement in their short-term ability to retain and process verbal and visual information.

The participants who received 40 IU doses carrying the APOE-e4 gene, which is known to increase the risk for Alzheimer’s, recorded significantly higher memory scores. The non-carriers of the gene across all three groups posted significantly lower scores. This could lead to a whole new line of treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s.

Source: IANS

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