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Saturday
Sep152012

Curcumin May Drop Diabetes Risk

Curcumin may drop the risk of diabetesA new study from Thailand suggests that taking curcumin supplements may help delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk. Curcumin, which has been studied for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is the primary active ingredient in turmeric, the spice that gives curry its distinctive flavor. The nine-month Thai study included 240 men and women, all of them diagnosed as pre-diabetic (based on abnormally high blood sugar levels). The participants were divided into two groups and randomly assigned to take either curcumin or a placebo. All participants took six capsules per day. The active capsules contained 250 mg of curcumin; the inactive capsules looked the same as the active ones, but contained no curcumin. After nine months, 19 of the 116 participants in the placebo group had developed type 2 diabetes; none of those who took the curcumin capsules developed the disease. The study was published online on July 6, 2012 by Diabetes Care.

My take? Turmeric is emerging as a promising disease-preventive agent, and its benefits are likely due to curcumin’s potent anti-inflammatory activity. A growing body of published scientific literature suggests that turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and some types of cancer. Turmeric has been used traditionally in India as a treatment for diabetes, so the results of the Thai study do not come as a complete surprise. The Thai researchers noted that curcumin seemed to promote the function of beta cells in the pancreas that release insulin and suggested that its anti-inflammatory effects were responsible for the improvement. We’ll need more studies to confirm these promising findings. In the meantime, a proven strategy - diet and exercise - can help those at risk of type 2 diabetes avoid the disease.

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