Could a protein grown in lettuce help heal broken bones faster?

March 19, 2020 Science Health Wellness

Bones heal slower in people with diabetes, but researchers are working on an affordable therapy using plants that could aid healing. For now, experiments in mice show promise.

People with diabetes are not only more at risk of breaking a bone, but they also take longer to heal than in the general population.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia are paving the way for an oral therapy that could heal bones quicker in people with diabetes.

The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 30.3 million people in the United States — or 9.4% of the population — have diabetes. The CDC also write that 84.1 million people have prediabetes, which can develop into type 2 diabetes within 5 years if left untreated.

That makes for more than 100 million adults in the U.S. living with diabetes or prediabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, the estimated economic cost of the disease to the U.S. was $327 billion in 2017.

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