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Curcumin And Diabetes

July 31, 2012 by staff 

Curcumin And Diabetes, As the number of individuals living with Type 2 diabetes continues to rise, additional means of prevention become all the more crucial. And a recent study from the Srinakharinwirot University of Nakomnayok in Thailand, suggests that a spice called curcumin may be the answer.

Curcumin is a compound in turmeric, a spice in the ginger family that’s most commonly found in Indian cooking. According to an article in Reuters, previous lab work has shown strong evidence that curcumin may help fight both inflammation and oxidative damage to cells – two processes that are thought to feed a variety of diseases, including Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers found that a daily dose of curcumin helped prevent new cases of diabetes develop among people with pre-diabetes, a condition involving high blood sugar levels that may eventually progress to Type 2 diabetes.

To conduct the study, which was published in the journal Diabetes Care, Thai researchers gathered 240 adults with pre-diabetes and randomly assigned them to either take a curcumin capsule or a placebo. Those given the curcumin were instructed to take six capsules per day, each containing 250 milligrams of “curcuminoids.”

At the end of the 9-month study, researchers found that of the plaebo group, 19 of the 116 participants had developed Type 2 diabetes, whereas none of the 119 curcumin participants developed the disease.

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