Day: June 12, 2017

Can Probiotics Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics?

probiotics and diabetesIndividuals with diabetes have to be fairly cautious with what they are consuming and how they are consuming. Their blood sugar levels tend to fluctuate often. For instance, if a diabetic person consumes a piece of cake in a party, his blood sugar levels might shoot up overnight. While diet, exercise, and medications have their own significance in the management of diabetes, the drastic increase in the rates of diabetes has led scientists to explore alternative therapies. One of these therapies includes the use of probiotics in diabetes. Luckily, probiotics have been so far shown to regulate the blood glucose levels and benefit people with diabetes.

Probiotics raise insulin and incretin and lower blood sugar levels

Insulin is a hormone released by pancreas (a gut organ) that functions to move the ingested glucose into the target cells, thereby lowering the blood glucose levels.  In individuals with diabetes, insulin is either completely absent (such as in type 1 diabetes) or the target organs are unresponsive (like in type 2 diabetes). Probiotics can raise the levels of insulin as well as another intestinal hormone called incretin that works to increase insulin levels in the body after a meal, allowing the blood glucose levels to drop.

German experts conducted a study to determine the antidiabetic potential of the probiotic, Lactobacillus reuteri. [1] What did they discover? After daily administration of L. reuteri for a month, the subjects were found to have raised insulin and incretin levels. (more…)

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