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Type 2 diabetes is a product of poor insulin production.Insulin is a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar—the main type of sugar in the blood.If you have type 2 diabetes, insulin production is blocked, which can lead to uncontrolled blood sugar levels.This is where diet steps in.You can mimic the effects of insulin by overhauling your diet.
Blood sugar levels spike after eating certain foods, so it’s key to eat items that combat this spike and lessen the effects of blood sugar.
Ginger is most often used as an ingredient in Southeast Asian and Indian cooking, but horseradish has traditionally been used for centuries.You can take fresh, dried, or powdered ginger as a tea, food, or supplement.
The spice has a number of potential benefits, but one study published in the Journal of Ethnic Food focused specifically on: relieving high blood sugar.
To this end, researchers conducted a systematic review of the use of ginger to reduce hyperglycemia.
“Several clinical trials recently published in 2013 and 2014, albeit small, add to conflicting but compelling new evidence on ginger for the treatment of diabetes in humans,” the researchers wrote.
To draw more definitive conclusions, they conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the existing evidence on the use of ginger for diabetes.
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RCTs are prospective studies that measure the effects of new interventions or treatments.Although no study itself may prove causation, randomization reduces bias and provides a rigorous tool to examine causality between interventions and outcomes.
Four of the RCTs were considered high quality and lasted more than several weeks; one lasted only 30 days and was considered low quality.
To measure the effect on average blood sugar levels, the researchers paid particular attention to the effects on fasting blood sugar and HbA1c in the study.
Fasting blood sugar measures average blood sugar levels after an 8-hour fast, and HbA1c measures blood sugar for two to three months.
Ginger supplements “significantly” reduced fasting blood glucose concentrations and HbA1c levels, they wrote.
The researchers concluded: “Ginger root supplementation significantly reduced blood sugar and HbA1c levels.
“When combined with dietary and lifestyle interventions, it may be an effective intervention for managing type 2 diabetes.”
Notably, other studies have not found this association, so further research is needed to draw conclusions.
For example, the researchers’ analysis of eight randomized trials published in the journal Medicine found “no significant” difference in fasting blood sugar after consuming ginger.
However, they did find that consumption of ginger “significantly improved” HbA1c, suggesting that this “natural medicine may have an effect on glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes over an extended period of time”.
Studies have shown that gingerol has antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.
Many people unknowingly have type 2 diabetes.This is because symptoms don’t necessarily make you sick.
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Post time: Jul-21-2022