Can aloe vera help prevent diabetic nephropathy?

Aloe vera is one of the most well-known and widely grown medicinal plants on the planet. A succulent plant native to North Africa, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands, aloe vera is now also cultivated in tropical countries around the world. Aloe vera’s history of use as medicine can be traced back to the time of … Continue reading Can aloe vera help prevent diabetic nephropathy?

Eating bitter melon is a great way to keep diabetes at bay

Momordica charantia, commonly known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, is a fruit-bearing tropical vine that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family. It is closely related to cucurbits typically found in the human diet, such as pumpkins, melons, squash and zucchinis. The fruit of this medicinal plant is popular as a disease-fighting superfood. In fact, extracts from different parts of … Continue reading Eating bitter melon is a great way to keep diabetes at bay

4 Nights of sleep deprivation can change how your body metabolizes fat, causing weight gain

Lack of sleep is thought to cause weight gain. This new research shows how. Published in the Journal of Lipid Research, it showed that participants who slept no more than five hours each night for four consecutive nights reported feeling less satisfied after eating a high-fat, calorie-dense meal. Blood samples showed that sleep restriction led to higher … Continue reading 4 Nights of sleep deprivation can change how your body metabolizes fat, causing weight gain

Loquat, native to many regions in Asia, exhibits anti-diabetes properties

Eriobotrya japonica, commonly known as loquat, is an evergreen shrub that belongs to the rose (Rosaceae) family. It is widely cultivated in China and Japan for its edible fruit and seeds, as well as for the medicinal uses of its various parts. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), loquat, or pi pa, is used to clear stomach … Continue reading Loquat, native to many regions in Asia, exhibits anti-diabetes properties

Investigating the anti-diabetic properties of Eriobotrya japonica (loquat)

In this study, researchers from India analyzed the physical and chemical properties of Eriobotrya japonica (loquat) leaves and evaluated their antioxidant and antidiabetic potential. They reported their findings in an article published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy. E. japonica is a plant used in traditional medicine in East Asian countries, such as Japan, China, Korea, India, … Continue reading Investigating the anti-diabetic properties of Eriobotrya japonica (loquat)

Cold temperature lipid created by the body may lower blood sugar, report scientists

A recent study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found that 12-HEPE, a lipid produced by the body in response to cold temperatures, may help reduce blood sugar levels. Researchers from Brazil, the U.S. and Germany conducted a series of experiments on mice and humans and found that it could help shuttle glucose into tissues and improve glucose tolerance in … Continue reading Cold temperature lipid created by the body may lower blood sugar, report scientists

Preventing muscle atrophy in those with diabetes: Animal study reveals tocotrienols can increase skeletal muscle weight

People with diabetes are at risk of various health complications, including muscle atrophy. A new study suggests taking tocotrienols can help increase skeletal muscle weight and prevent muscle atrophy. For this study, which was published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers looked at tocotrienols (vitamin E) derived from the red-orange tropical fruit known as annatto. Researchers … Continue reading Preventing muscle atrophy in those with diabetes: Animal study reveals tocotrienols can increase skeletal muscle weight

Mulberry: A tiny fruit with great anti-diabetes potential

Mulberry is a flowering, fruit-bearing plant that belongs to the genus Morus. There are about 10 or more species of mulberries cultivated in various regions around the world. The mulberry plant (or tree) is known for having several medicinal parts. These parts have been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various diseases, most notably diabetes. … Continue reading Mulberry: A tiny fruit with great anti-diabetes potential

A banana a day keeps the doctor away? Study suggests wild banana species may have anti-diabetic properties

Dietary intervention is one of the most studied and most effective strategies for diabetes management. In a recent study, scientists from India looked into the anti-diabetic potential of a wild species of banana, particularly a compound called apiforol found in its seeds. Their findings appear in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Phytonutrients are health-promoting … Continue reading A banana a day keeps the doctor away? Study suggests wild banana species may have anti-diabetic properties

Reversing type 2 diabetes

Conventional doctors would have you believe that diabetes can neither be prevented nor reversed. They ask you if your mother or father had diabetes and then tell you solemnly that you’re genetically predisposed to it and that you are the human equivalent of a ticking time bomb. They’re wrong though. Type 2 diabetes is not … Continue reading Reversing type 2 diabetes