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The Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curry People with pre-diabetes have abnormally high blood-sugar levels that puts them at extremely increased risk of developing full-blown type 2 diabetes. In the United States today, an estimated 79 million people have pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
The curcumin study, which was published in Diabetes Care, included 240 Thai adults with pre-diabetes who either took curcumin capsules, which are available as over-the-counter supplements, or a placebo. After nine months, a sixth of the placebo-group patients developed type 2 diabetes while none of the curcumin group did.
Researchers believe this occurred because the supplement improved the function of beta cells — those essential cells in the pancreas that release the hormone insulin, which regulates blood sugar. In people with type 2 diabetes, beta cells are unable to produce enough insulin to meet the body's requirements, partially because of a developed resistance to insulin's effects.
'Because of its benefits and safety, we propose that curcumin extract may be used for an intervention therapy for the prediabetes population,' wrote study leader Somlak Chuengsamarn of Srinakharinwirot University in Nakomnayok, Thailand. However, more research is needed to determine if curcumin can prevent diabetes over a longer period and whether it's more effective than the traditional diabetes-management techniques of a sensible diet and regular exercise.
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