WORCESTER, Mass., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Generex Biotechnology Corporation (www.generex.com) (OTC Bulletin Board: GNBT) announced today that the peer-reviewed scientific journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism has published new positive data in respect of Generex Oral-lyn™, the Company's proprietary buccal insulin spray product.
The paper, entitled Buccal spray insulin in subjects with impaired glucose tolerance: the prevoral study, appears in Volume 13, Issue 1 (January 2011) of the journal and is co-authored by a team from the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome, Italy led by Professor Paolo Pozzilli and including: A. Palermo, N. Napoli, S. Manfrini, A. Lauria, and R. Strollo.
People affected by impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) represent more than 20% of the world's population and the prevalence of the condition is growing. Approximately one-third of people with IGT develop clinical type 2 diabetes mellitus within three to five years of an IGT diagnosis. More significantly, an increased risk for cardiovascular disease has been observed in IGT patients, even where type 2 diabetes does not develop. Although diet and exercise (the treatment for IGT suggested by current American Diabetes Association guidelines) delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, long-term prospects are poor.
Because a reduced first phase insulin response is a key factor in diagnosing IGT, the use of insulin therapy to reduce post-prandial glucose levels could be a targeted treatment for IGT. However, insulin therapy via subcutaneous injection is often rejected by patients and its use is generally limited to patients with type 2 diabetes where oral hypoglycaemic options have failed.
In Professor Pozzilli's proof-of-concept study, 31 subjects diagnosed with IGT,