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Possible Treatments for Degenerative Eye Diseases from Diabetes May Be Found in Plant Compounds

Several complications and diseases can come from diabetes one of which is blindness. My aunt has been afflicted by this and it's great news to know that there are possible treatments that we can derive from certain plant compounds.

The research was conducted by the University of Surrey in partnership with Indiana University in America and Kingston University. The cause for these degenerative eye diseases is an abnormal growth of new blood vessels in the eye. So in order to prevent and hopefully treat these conditions, the researchers looked into compounds found in plants.

In a paper published by the American Chemical Society, the University of Surrey, together with experts from Indiana University in America and Kingston University, detailed their testing of naturally occurring homoisoflavonoids found in the Hyacinthaceae plant family and their synthetic derivatives.
The team tested how well these compounds were able to stop the growth of new blood vessels and isolated several active compounds. One synthetic derivative in particular could be used to develop future treatments. Further work is continuing to synthesize more related compounds.

(Image credit: John O'Neill/Wikimedia Commons)


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