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Young student from Iloilo found cure for diabetes received international recognition

This young scientist from Iloilo city received an international recognition from the 2019 Intel International Science Engineering (ISEF) held at Phoenix, Arizona, USA.



Maria Isabel Layson from Iloilo City National High School was one of the 12 candidates sent to represent the Philippines in one of the prestigious pre-college science research competition in the world.

The 16-year-old Ilongga presented "Aratiles" as cure to diabetes. This fruit tree is common everywhere in the Philippines as it grows easily. Her individual study entitled "Bioactive Component, Antioxidant Activity, and Antidiabetic Properties of Muntingia Calabura Linn. An in Vitro study, where she discovered to be a cure for two types of diabetes.

      Front row, from left: Shaira Gozun, Lia Denise Tan, Alpha Acain, Maria Isabel Layson, Kathleen Chloie Antonio, Maryjoise Karla Buan, and Anna Beatriz Suavengco. Back row, from left: Neil David Cayanan, E'van Relle Tongol, Lester Sabadao, John Eric Aggarao, and Nathaniel Reyes. IMAGE JG Summit Holdings 
Her study was recognized as The Best Individual Research in Life Science 2019 National Science and Technology Fair Department of Education, last February 22, 2019. Layson was also the first in the batch to receive Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Young Scientist Award. 

According to her individual study, "Aratiles" is the cheapest natural medicine to cure diabetes.  

Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders characterized by high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.

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