Potential health benefits and research finds   2009
Fasudil prevented the development of diabetes and now....

In the past, administration of high-dose fasudil was found to completely
suppress the development of diabetes, obesity, and dyslipidemia and
increased serum adiponectin levels in OLETF rats. [3]

Fasudil is a drug used for a decade to safely treat people with vascular
problems in the brain. Now, it also appears to improve some learning and
memory abilities in middle-aged rats! Rats injected with hydroxyfasudil,
the active ingredient in Fasudil, performed better on a maze that tested
their spatial learning and working memory than those given a placebo. [1]

The findings suggest that hydroxyfasudil may influence similar cognitive
processes in humans involving the hippocampus, a part of the brain that
has been shown to deteriorate in patients with age-related disorders. [2]

This study is released today by Dr. Heather Bimonte-Nelson and
co-workers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and
Arizona State University:


[1] Stroke Drug Might Be a Memory-Booster Monday, HealthDay News,
February 2, 2009; 12:00 AM [2] Drug Found That Could Reduce Risk Of
Alzheimer's ScienceDaily (Feb. 2, 2009)[3] A Rho-kinase inhibitor, fasudil,
prevents development of diabetes and nephropathy in insulin-resistant
diabetic rats Journal of Endocrinology (2007) 192, 595-603
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