Sugar in cola may help patients with muscular dystrophy
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.