Ginger consumption may help control diabetes, study finds


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In a doctoral thesis defended at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), specialist Gerdane Celene Nunes Carvalho demonstrated that patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus reduced glycemia rates and cholesterol levels with ginger consumption, helping to control the disease.

In order to evaluate the effectiveness of herbal medicine as a complementary action to combat the disease, a clinical trial was carried out between December 2017 and June 2018 with 144 patients in Primary Health Care units, in Picos, Piauí.

They were divided between a control group, which ingested placebo, and an experimental group, which took 1.2 g of powdered ginger daily for three months. After the period, patients who consumed the doses of the spice had a reduction of 29.5 mg / dl in the fasting venous glucose levels in relation to the initial values. The reduction was 20.3 mg / dl more than among those who did not receive treatment.

– Due to the high prevalence of diabetes and the difficulty in glycemic control, new strategies associated with pharmacological treatment are needed. As it is a spice of easy access and low cost, ginger can serve as a complementary technology to professionals working in Primary Health Care – says the PhD in Nursing Gerdane Celene Nunes Carvalho, author of the work, guided by professor Marta Maria Coelho Damaceno.

The research, which received funding from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), was highlighted in an article published this Friday (9) in the Latin American Journal of Nursing (RLAE), released by Agência Bori.

Carvalho points out that type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent and occurs when there is an increase in resistance to the action of insulin. With this there is a reduction in their production, causing the blood sugar levels to be high.

– Ginger works by increasing insulin synthesis and decreasing resistance to it. This reduces blood sugar levels. It also acts as a thermogenic, accelerating metabolism and consequently reducing fat in the blood – explains the researcher.

Carvalho points out that possible reductions in the use of medicines from the use of herbal medicine can only be prescribed by the doctor, based on monitoring the patient’s glycemic and lipid levels. During the research, participants were instructed to keep the diabetes drugs they were already using.

The study identified that among the control group there was also a smaller reduction (of 9, 2 mg / dl), compared to the initial average in fasting venous glucose levels. Carvalho explains that this probably happened because the patients started to be monitored for a longer period and to perform more tests, which may have stimulated them to try to control the disease more.

Via O Globo


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