Probiotics Help To Lower Blood Sugar In Diabetics
Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has shown that type 2 diabetics experience a range of metabolic benefits from taking probiotic supplements.
This meta analysis looked at a large number of studies examining the effects of probiotics on glucose and glycaemic factors in type 2 diabetes and its associated risk factors. A total of eleven studies were included, which encompassed 614 individuals.
The researchers discovered that probiotics had significant effects on reduction of glucose, HbA1c, insulin levels and insulin resistance in individuals with diabetes. Therefore the researchers stated that “The present meta-analysis suggested that probiotics may be used as an important dietary supplement in reducing the glucose metabolic factors associated with diabetes”.
This is wonderful news and can help many diabetics to achieve better blood sugar control, and therefore reduced risk of diabetic complications. I recommend all diabetics follow a lower carbohydrate, higher fat diet as described in my book Diabetes Type 2: You Can Reverse It Naturally. However it is important to realise that several factors besides diet affect blood sugar control and insulin function. Some of these include sleep quality and quantity, exercise, nutrient deficiencies (particularly vitamin D, magnesium and chromium), emotions and immune system function. Now we know that your gut bugs play a huge role in diabetes management as well.
Good sources of probiotics include sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and yogurt. If you don’t get much of these foods in your diet, you would benefit from a probiotic supplement.