How Turmeric Shows Great Promise as a Natural Remedy for the Prevention and Healing of Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
The popular natural remedy and anti-inflammatory ingredient curcumin, found in turmeric, has been shown in studies to vastly improve, and in some cases prevent type 2 diabetes and it's associated symptoms, though further research has been lined-up.
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition where blood sugar levels in the body remain high as the diabetic body fails to regulate it. Insulin plays a vital role in this disease and is produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Insulin’s other job is to transport glucose from the blood to muscles, fat and liver cells where it is stored or used as and energy source. Every cell requires glucose to function, therefore, regulation of blood sugar for diabetics is extremely important.
Does Curcumin Lower Blood Sugar?
The science on curcumin, an Indian spice and anti-inflammatory has shown promise in reducing and even preventing complication of diabetes with it's effects on insulin resistance and by regulating blood sugar.
Research sheds light on whether natural remedies such as a curcumin, found in turmeric (see benefits of turmeric), can benefit those with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes and be used as a preventative measure as part of a wider plan involving a change in diet and exercise behaviors.
Curcumin Favorably Affects Symptoms of Diabetes
The systematic review published in the peer-reviewed journal, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at curcumin and its effect on diabetes in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and its associated disorders. The review concluded that curcumin could favorably affect most of the leading aspects of diabetes, including insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, or high concentrations of lipids in the blood, and islet apoptosis and necrosis, or organ failure. In addition, curcumin showed promise in preventing the injurious complications of diabetes.
More Research Is Needed
Despite the potential tremendous benefits of curcumin, results from clinical trials of curcumin are only available in using curcumin to treat diabetic nephropathy, microangiopathy and retinopathy so far. Studies are badly needed to be done in humans to confirm the potential of curcumin in limitation of diabetes and other associated disorders. That being said, science is likely to bring this promising natural product to the forefront of therapeutic agents for diabetes by generating a “super curcumin” in the near future for enhanced bioavailability.
Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Completely Reversed?
While most of the studies of curcumin on diabetes have been carried out in animal models or small human populations, some studies have also been carried on pre-diabetics. According to Dr. Balraj Sohal M.OST, GOSC of West 12 Health Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, London, “Whether type 2 diabetes mellitus is wholly reversible is a contentious issue. Although studies are showing that it is potentially reversible in diabetics through weight loss, diet changes and exercise, it is yet to be fully proved to be completely curable. In long-term diabetics, there may be other damage already done to the system such as diabetic vascular disease or diabetic nephropathy that will not be cured by putting the diabetes in remission.”
A more recent study published in the International Journal of Endocrinology Metabolism reviewed studies published from 1998 to 2013, indicating the role of curcumin involved in development and progression of hyperglycemia and insulin resistance and also found that curcumin has antihyperglycemic and insulin sensitizer effects.
Again, more studies evaluating the effects of curcumin on hyperglycemic state and insulin resistance in related disorders such as diabetes are recommended.