According to research made on the treatment of lung infections, a new study claimed people with lung infections could treat their condition by inhaling sugar.
Researchers from the University of Manchester also established the fact having found that breathing in sugar might stimulate the lungs immune system to fight off infection.
Professor Andrew MacDonald, who led the study, said: “It is possible that provision of glucose could increase inflammation to help protect against some lung infections.
“It’s reasonable to suggest that short-term inhalation therapy might one day work as such a treatment.”
Although the study is yet to prove how sugar might be inhaled but theoretically, sugar could be ‘snorted’
The study in mice looked at specialised white blood cells called macrophages. These act as immune system “vacuum cleaners”, removing harmful organisms and debris.
The Manchester team found that macrophages in the lungs need the right level of glucose “fuel” in order to function properly and too much sugar stimulation led to inflammation of the type often associated with chronic conditions such as asthma.
The research suggests that blocking sugar receptors on lung macrophages could help suppress such diseases.
On the other hand, stimulating the cells with more sugar might help the immune system fight off bronchial infections responsible for coughing fits and pneumonia.
Prof MacDonald added: “Respiratory illnesses cause terrible suffering in both the developing and developed world.
“Hundreds of people are admitted to hospital every day in the UK with asthma attacks, while potentially deadly
“The idea that modifying glucose levels in the lungs could one day be a critical factor in treatment of these conditions is tremendously exciting.
“Clearly we now need to study the impact of glucose on human lung macrophages.”