Type 2 diabetes is defined as the end result of impaired production of insulin in the pancreas, the hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar. Within this regulation mechanism, blood sugar levels rise, which in turn leads to a plethora of problems.
Fortunately, you can boost your insulin supply and regulate blood sugar by adopting a healthy lifestyle. One promising intervention appears to be drinking pomegranate juice, the Express newspaper reported.
A study published in Current Developments in Nutrition examined the effect of a single 8-ounce serving of pomegranate juice on blood sugar levels.
Twenty-one healthy and normal subjects were randomly assigned to take a single dose of water, pomegranate juice or water with 18.6 grams of glucose and 18.3 grams of fructose, to match the sugar content of the pomegranate juice.
In all participants, water intake did not change blood sugar levels.
However, in healthy people with low insulin levels, glucose levels were significantly lower between 15 and 30 minutes after consuming pomegranate juice, compared to the amount of sugar in water.
A significant rise in insulin levels was also observed at 15 and 30 minutes after drinking pomegranate juice compared to sugar water.
Additional benefits of pomegranate juice
A recent study revealed that pomegranate juice can provide additional benefits for diabetics.
The main finding was that the sugars in pomegranate juice, although similar in properties to other fruit juice sugars, did not adversely affect indicators of diabetes.
The juice has been shown to reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis – a potentially dangerous condition where arteries are clogged with fatty substances called plaques, or atherosclerosis.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes
• Urinating more than usual, especially at night.
• Feeling thirsty all the time.
• Feeling very tired.
• Weight loss without dieting to reduce weight.
• Blurred vision.