A common curry ingredient lowers high blood sugar in type 2 diabetics, a study has found.
In people with this condition, blood sugar levels become too high because the insulin produced by the pancreas cannot work properly or the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin.
Experts believe the rising rates are due to the obesity epidemic – a major cause of type 2 diabetes.
It can be treated with medication to keep blood sugar in the right balance, and many people can reverse their condition with a healthy lifestyle.
A study published in Journal of Research in the Medical Sciencesfound that regular intake of saffron can help keep blood sugar lower in type 2 diabetics.
54 patients were divided into two groups to receive either placebo or saffron extract capsules twice a day for eight weeks.
Most markers were the same for both groups, but fasting blood sugar levels — blood sugar levels after an overnight fast — dropped “significantly” overnight within eight weeks in the saffron group.
Researchers said: “Saffron hydroalcoholic extract may improve glycemic control by reducing FBS [fasting blood sugar] in T2D [type 2 diabetes] patients.
“However, saffron extract has no significant effect on other aspects of diabetes control in diabetics.”
Type 2 diabetes is the more common form of the disease, reportedly accounting for between 85 and 95 percent of all cases Diabetes UK.
Another 2.1 million people have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not bad enough to be diagnosed with diabetes, known as prediabetes or borderline diabetes.
It differs from type 1, in which a person’s pancreas does not produce insulin.
Typically, people are diagnosed Type 2 diabetes from the age of 40, but there are some exceptions.
In people from South Asia, the disease can appear as early as 25 years of age.
And the condition is becoming increasingly common in children and adolescents of all ethnicities.
Thousands of children and young adults under the age of 25 have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in England and Wales in recent years.
The Obesity Health Alliance said it is “extremely worrying” that so many young people have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
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