Diabetes therapy in a cashew nutshell

The Amrita University, along with Oxford University and San Diego State University, has
launched a special research to develop a drug from the extract of cashew nut shells which could be a boon to diabetes patients. The research was launched under the special instruction of Mata Amritanandamayi, as diabetes cases are higher in the southern states.
According to Dr Bipin Nair, Dean, Amrita School of Biotechnology, the research is going on actively under the department and the drug is expected to hit the markets soon. He said the drug would be cost-effective. Dr Nair, who is heading the research team, said the initiative came out of the logic of traditional wound healing methods which “our forefathers used to practice”.

“We’ve been looking at the potential of anacardic acid, found in the shell of cashew nuts for quite some time. Kollam district is the land of cashew nuts and that makes our work easier.
We believe that anacardic acid in the shells have a fast healing power and it could be of immense potential in healing wounds and blisters in diabetes patients”, he said, stressing that diabetes was a multi-system disorder that affected the wound-healing process. “Physiological changes in tissues and cells may delay healing. Given these factors, such researches are important ”, Dr Nair said.

Dr Nair said the team had put its entire efforts into the research so that the medicine could be made available in the market in a most cost-effective manner, as early as possible.
Diabetes cases are higher in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, than in other states, according to the result of a countrywide blood test campaign conducted under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Strokes, by the Health Ministry.

In Tamil Nadu, 11.8 percent tested positive for diabetes, 10.2 in Karnataka, 8.8 in Kerala, and 8.7 in Andhra Pradesh, compared to a mere 3 percent in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which reported the lowest incidence of the disease.

Cross Posted from The Deccan Chronicle