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Type 2 Diabetes - Grapefruit shows Promise In Treating Diabetes

Updated on February 7, 2012

In relation to the diabetic diet it has been found that Grapefruit contains an ingredient called Naringenin, an ingredient which gives grapefruit its bitter taste and according to reports does the same job as two separate drugs used in managing Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin to properly regulate blood-sugar levels. Supposedly Naringenin helps to increase the body's sensitivity to insulin and helps sufferers maintain a healthy weight, which is a vital part of diabetes treatment; because when diabetics gain weight they are putting themselves at risk of health problems which may effect their eyesight, kidney function, neuropathy in their feet and hands, which can lead to amputations, as well as reducing the effectiveness of insulin.

Scientists found that Naringenin makes the liver burn fat instead of storing it. They said its effect mimics the action of fenofibrate and rosiglitazone, two lipid-lowering drugs used to control Type-2 diabetes.

Researcher Martin Yarmush Remarka said: "The liver behaves as if its fasting, breaking down fatty acids instead of carbohydrates."

The Study author Yaakov Nahmias from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem hailed Naringenin as a "remarkable" treatment for diabetes.

However a word of caution. Although this complex laboratory research suggests that naringenin can affect proteins and genes involved in fat metabolism in liver cells, and effect cells in a similar way to how drugs such as the fibrates and glitazones does, does not necessarily mean that naringenin could be used to treat the same conditions as the fibrates and glitazones.

In the body different drugs interact with different subsets of the numerous proteins and molecules in the body in varied ways. It is these complex interactions which will determine their overall effects. This study has only assessed interactions of naringenin with a small number of proteins in cells in the laboratory, and cannot tell us what the overall balance of positive and negative effects will be on the whole body. (Source: The Daily Mirror 26 August 2010)

How Much Grapefruit Should You Consume?

So, do not replace your diabetic medication with grapefruit but simply add grapefuit to your daily diet, say 1/2 a grapefruit before each meal.

Note of Caution

Further if you are taking other medication apart from diabetic meds, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol medication, it is advised that you do not drink or eat grapefruit at the same time as injesting these medications.


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