Sugar in cola may help patients with muscular dystrophy

Medical ResearchFor all of its damaging health effects, doctors say they found a powerful medical use for cola.

While the high sugar content can lead to obesity, diabetes and other complications, a trace substance in the caramelized sugar actually helped regenerate wasting muscle from muscular dystrophy.

University of Washington scientists injected the sugar substance in mice bred with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive disease with no known cure.

The sugar, found in cola, beer and some candy, blocked an enzyme which typically attacks a muscles protective protein.

The test mice showed improved muscle regeneration.

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