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Monday, January 5, 2009

Turmeric and Type 2 Diabetes

Turmeric is currently being touted as the new super spice of the year. The popular ingredient found in curry is being studied by scientists and researchers worldwide due to the chemical compound curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant found in the common Asian cooking spice. The seasoning has long been used as a natural medicine and supplement. While many are studying curcumin for various cancers, some scientists are focusing on the curcumin for Type 2 diabetes.

The following article outlines a study held by the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center that was recently published in Endocrinology. The researchers fed obese mice high amounts of turmeric and found that the mice had a decrease in body weight, a decrease in liver and fat tissue inflammation, and improved blood sugar levels.

This article speaks with researchers about the study, and their thoughts on curcumin being used as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes due to the study outcome. The study was presented at the Endocrine Society annual meeting in San Francisco.

Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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At February 5, 2010 6:58 AM , Anonymous Pharmacy said...

I have been vegetarian for 41 years, although it hasn’t stopped me from becoming diabetic. I do feel quite healthy, however. I think I would have got it earlier as diabetes is in my family if I had been eating a so called normal diet.


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