Asparagus Has Diabetes Fighting Properties, Study Claims

Eat your vegetables, specifically asparagus, if you want to potentially address diabetes, a new study claims.

That’s the general conclusion of a experiment with asparagus and blood sugar in rats from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. London’s Daily Mail summarizes the advantages of adding more asparagus to your diet if you are concerned about diabetes:

“Scientists have found regular intake of the increasingly popular vegetable keeps blood sugar levels under control and boosts the body’s production of insulin, the hormone that helps it to absorb glucose.”

Diabetes is on the rise all over the world in part because of too much fatty or sugary foods and sedentary lifestyles.

In this study, scientists injected rats with a chemical that induced type 2 diabetes. After 13 weeks, half of the rats received an extract from the asparagus plant and the others were treated with a conventional anti-diabetes drug. This protocol continued for 28 days.

According to the Daily Mail, the findings suggested the asparagus can be beneficial in managing diabetes:

“The results …. showed low levels of the asparagus suppressed blood sugar levels but did not improve insulin output. Only high doses of the extract had a significant effect on insulin production by the pancreas, the organ which releases the hormone into the bloodstream.”

The study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, concluded as follows:

“In most cases, the efficacy of [asparagus] was very similar to a standard anti-diabetic drug, glibenclamide. Thus, the present study suggests that [asparagus] extract exerts anti-diabetic effects …”

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the condition. According to the American Diabetes Association, in the type 2 variety, either the body fails to produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Type 2 diabetes can result in various unpleasant complications including cardiovascular illness and blindness.

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