Diabetes type 2 diet: Eat garlic to help lower blood sugar

Diabetes type 2 sufferers could be helped by consuming garlic, a medical website has claimed.

US-based advice provider Healthline stated: “Garlic has the potential to help manage blood sugar levels.

“Reports show garlic intake can lower fasting blood glucose, which is your blood sugar level when you haven’t eaten.”

The smelly food could help diabetes type 2 sufferers if they consume more than 1.3 grams of the bulb for every ten kilograms of body weight, according to a 2012 study.

Published in the journal of Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, researchers found feeding 12 diabetic rabbits this level of garlic produced the strongest hypoglycaemic, or blood sugar lowering, effect.

Another study, published in 2005, found feeding diabetic rats one ml of garlic per 100 grams of body weight over four weeks also helped lower blood sugar.

“The present results showed that garlic juices exerted antioxidant and anti-hyperglycaemic effects and consequently may alleviate liver and renal damage caused by a certain compound created by diabetes,” the researchers wrote in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.

These studies suggest consuming garlic could help diabetes type 2 sufferers.

However, some diabetes organisations still advise against eating this pungent bulb., an online organisation to help people with diabetes type 2, said sufferers should steer clear of garlic.

Referring to the 2012 study, they said online the “deeply unpleasant” amount you’d have to consume pushes the pungent bulb off the menu.

“For now, you probably shouldn’t eat barrelfuls of onion and garlic to lower your blood glucose levels. For everyone’s sake,” they said.

By the 2012 estimates, you’d have to eat more than a clove of garlic daily just to begin to get the benefits.

Healthline has also suggested a garlic relative, onions could also help lower blood sugar levels.

Online they said: “Similar studies also suggest onions have positive effects on blood sugar levels.”

Describing the other health benefits of garlic, they added: “Traditionally garlic has been recommended to help reduce high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

“Garlic consumption may also reduce the incidence of heart disease, a condition that affects approximately 80 per cent of people with diabetes.

“Garlic is also a good source of vitamins B6, involved in the carbohydrate metabolism, and vitamin C, which may play a key role in maintaining blood sugar levels.”

A 2014 review of garlic “supported” the idea it could help lower blood sugar levels.

Eating this many carbohydrates could also help control blood sugar levels.


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