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Curcumin may help delay Type 2 diabetes.

Curcumin may help delay Type 2 diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 79 million Americans suffer from prediabetes, meaning that the glucose levels in their blood are higher than they should be. The ADA states that the vast majority of individuals diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes – which is the most common form of this metabolic condition – go through this period beforehand.

However, a high glucose level doesn't necessarily mean that you will contract the disease. In fact, a recent study has shown that certain organic chemicals may actively prevent its development.

The association recently published a study in its Diabetes Care journal that monitored the effects of regular curcumin consumption among a group of 240 people who had been diagnosed with prediabetes. Over the course of nine months, half of the individuals tested were given a curcumin supplement daily, while the rest received a placebo.

The researchers, led by Doctor Somlak Chuengsamarn from Srinakharinwirot University in Thailand, observed that none of the people treated with curcumin ended up developing Type 2 diabetes in the testing period. By contrast, just over 16 percent of the control group members were diagnosed with the condition in that time.

"This study demonstrated that the curcumin intervention in a prediabetes population may be beneficial," the researchers concluded.

As well as potentially delaying the onset of Type 2 diabetes for individuals who are in the preliminary stages of the condition, curcumin has also been found to aid with blood-sugar control for those who have already been diagnosed with the affliction, according to a 2008 study conducted at Columbia University.

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