Proper man­age­ment of the dis­ease

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AC­CORD­ING to World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, in 2016, an es­ti­mated 1.6 mil­lion deaths glob­ally were caused by type 2 di­a­betes mel­li­tus and the fig­ure is ex­pected to in­crease tremen­dously in the years to come.

Type 2 di­a­betes is a com­mon chronic dis­ease. It is a con­di­tion where one’s body is un­able to de­tect and use in­sulin ef­fi­ciently, lead­ing to high blood glu­cose level.

In­sulin is the hor­mone that con­trols blood glu­cose lev­els. With­out in­sulin, cells can­not ab­sorb sugar (glu­cose), which is needed to pro­duce en­ergy.

Many are un­aware that type 2 di­a­betes is a pro­gres­sive dis­ease that has no cure. There­fore, blood glu­cose man­age­ment is im­por­tant to con­trol a di­a­betes pa­tient’s blood sugar lev­els.

Type 2 di­a­betes is as­cribed to high car­bo­hy­drate in­take and an un­healthy life­style. There­fore, be­sides tak­ing oral di­a­betes med­i­ca­tion or in­sulin boosts, type 2 di­a­betes man­age­ment also in­cludes los­ing weight for those who are over­weight, cor­rect por­tion­ing of high-car­bo­hy­drate foods, in­creas­ing ex­er­cise fre­quency and quit­ting al­co­hol and cig­a­rettes.

Re­cent re­search shows that some herbs and spices such as purslane, bit­ter melon and cin­na­mon ex­tracts could be use­ful in com­ple­ment­ing first-line di­a­betes treat­ment.

Purslane

Purslane herb ex­tract (Por­tu­laca ol­er­acea) is a culi­nary in­gre­di­ent that is tra­di­tion­ally used for achiev­ing a healthy blood glu­cose level.

It is said to have anti-gly­caemic ef­fects where it re­duces glu­cose ab­sorp­tion from the in­tes­tine into the blood­stream and in­creases cell sen­si­tiv­ity to­wards in­sulin to fa­cil­i­tate glu­cose up­take, thus re­duc­ing glu­cose level in the blood.

Cin­na­mon

Cin­na­mon ex­tract (Cin­namo­mum zey­lan­icum) not only pro­vides a dis­tinc­tive aroma in food, it is also known as an anti-gly­caemic herb.

The polyphe­nols within cin­na­mon are known to im­prove di­ges­tion and as­sist in the break­down and us­age of car­bo­hy­drates in our bod­ies.

In ad­di­tion to help­ing to im­prove choles­terol and triglyc­eride lev­els, cin­na­mon ex­tracts have an­tiox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

Bit­ter melon

Bit­ter melon ex­tract (Mo­mordica cha­ran­tia) as­sists in glu­cose me­tab­o­lism and pre­vents sud­den blood glu­cose spikes by aid­ing glu­cose up­take by the cells.

Bit­ter melon ex­tract has also demon­strated its ca­pa­bil­ity to ac­ti­vate body en­zymes to reg­u­late the body’s glu­cose me­tab­o­lism.

Bit­ter melon is a well-known tra­di­tional herbal rem­edy used since an­cient times in Chi­nese medicine and by Ayurvedic prac­ti­tion­ers as an ad­ju­vant ther­apy for in­di­vid­u­als with high blood glu­cose lev­els.

The com­bi­na­tion of purslane herb ex­tract, cin­na­mon ex­tract and bit­ter melon ex­tract is an ef­fec­tive way to con­trol and main­tain healthy blood glu­cose level.

Last but not least, the best way to keep your blood glu­cose at a healthy level is to adopt a healthy life­style. Good man­age­ment is key to en­joy­ing sweet­ness in life even if you have type 2 di­a­betes.

This ar­ti­cle is brought to you by Medis­pec (M) Sdn Bhd. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 1300 800 228 or e-mail en­quiry@medis­pec.com.my

Purslane, bit­ter melon and cin­na­mon ex­tracts can help main­tain a healthy blood glu­cose level.

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