A Compound Found In Broccoli Could Reduce Blood Sugar Levels

Researchers say consuming extracts of broccoli - a cruciferous vegetable rich in vitamins, fibre and disease-fighting phytochemicals - may be beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes affects around 450 million people worldwide and as many as 15 percent of those patients can not take the first-line therapy metformin because of kidney damage risks.

More than 300 million people across the globe are afflicted by type 2 diabetes.

During the test, about half of the patients were given concentrated sulforaphane daily for three months while the other half were given a placebo.


Nevertheless, Rosengren acknowledges, "High doses of BSE can not yet be recommended to patients as a drug treatment but would require further studies, including data on which groups of patients would potentially benefit most from it." . Patients who took ultraconcentrated sulforaphane produced less glucose and the compound also improved fasting glucose and glycated hemoglobin, or HbA1c, an indicator of blood sugar levels in obese patients with dysregulated Type 2 diabetes.

The study is particularly important to Australian because around 65% of all cardiovascular deaths occur in people with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and diabetes is also the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease. Most participants continued to take metformin, a drug commonly used to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Co-author Professor Vlado Perkovic, Executive Director of The George Institute Australia, said: "Both patients and physicians should be tremendously reassured by the results". "There have been several products that have shown early promise and have since fizzled". This really is a game changer in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Previous studies have shown that sulforaphane encourages production of enzymes that protect the blood vessels which can also help in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes in diabetics which are common side-effects of the ailment.

Canagliflozin is known as a SGLT2 inhibitor and is a relatively new type of drug that works by blocking the body's reabsorption of sugar or glucose. You may be able to keep your blood glucose at a safe and healthy level without the need for other types of treatment.


Diabetes patients may have a possible solution that helps control blood sugar levels.

However, patients were twice as likely to suffer from amputations.

Rosengren said his team is planning further trials. The researchers emphasize that high doses of sulforaphane can not yet be recommended to patients as a drug treatment, the study results are a clear sign that the approach is worth pursuing.



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