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Blood Sugar Lowering Drink for Diabetics Studied

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Ketone supplement drink for lowering blood sugar after a meal

Are you diabetic and looking for an easy way to lower your blood sugar levels after a meal? Researchers announced that a new potential blood sugar lowering drink for diabetics may just be that after dinner drink you need.


According to a news release from The Physiological Society, researchers are developing a ketone supplement drink that may lower blood sugar levels in diabetics. This latest test of using ketones to manage blood sugar levels would be an improvement over previous blood infusion treatments with ketones that showed promising results in earlier studies.

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Everyone experiences at a least a slight rise in blood sugar after eating. But in a normally functioning body this in no problem as insulin from the pancreas is produced to deal with the extra glucose. However, with diabetics, blood sugar levels that are either too high or too low due to the body not producing the insulin, presents diabetes patients with symptoms such as nausea, drowsiness, extreme thirst and/or hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, damaged blood vessels and potential loss of extremities. Hence, it is very important that diabetics keep their blood sugar levels under tight control.

One way of controlling blood sugar levels is through diet. However, even under careful diet management, that normal after-meal blood sugar spike can be hard to suppress. One solution that has gathered research-backed support is taking a walk or exercising right after a meal. But exercising after every meal is not ideal for most patients--especially those with other medical complications that hinder an active lifestyle.

To help find another solution for after-meal blood sugar spiking, researchers at the University of British Columbia and University of Oxford have examined the efficacy of using a ketone ester supplement in a beverage form that could be taken by diabetics after their meals.

In the study, 20 healthy non-diabetic volunteers on two separate occasions after a 10-hour fast were provided with either a ketone monoester supplement beverage or a placebo beverage to drink. Healthy young individuals were chosen in this initial study to reduce the confounding influence of insulin resistance, beta-cell dysfunction, and medications on the results.

Thirty minutes after drinking their beverage, all participants were provided with a second beverage containing 75 grams of sugar i.e., a standard oral glucose tolerance test. Blood samples were then collected every 15-30 minutes over the following 2.5 hours and analyzed for the presence of typical blood sugar biomarkers such as glucose, lipids, and hormones.

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What the researchers found was that volunteers who consumed the ketone ester supplement drink had significantly reduced blood sugar levels in comparison to the control group who had taken a mock test beverage.

While the results are encouraging, the researchers point out that more study is needed, but could prove to work on diabetics as well.

"Our study was done in healthy young participants but if the same responses were seen in people with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes then it is possible that a ketone monoester supplement could be used to lower glucose levels and improve metabolic health. We are working on these studies at the moment," stated co-researcher Professor Jonathan Little, from the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus in a news release from The Physiological Society.

"The ketone supplements do not taste very good and, in order to blind the participants, we had to make a control drink that also tasted distinctly bad. It made for interesting mornings seeing how the participants would respond to the taste of their drinks!"

For more about how to manage your diabetes, here are some helpful articles related to diabetes control:

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References: The Physiological Society February 14, 2018 news release "Ketone drink could help diabetics by lowering blood sugar"

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