June 27, 2013

Metabolic Booster for People with Diabetes

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Yogurt and berriesPrebiotics and probiotics sound like they should be prescribed by a doctor but the good news is that they can be easily assimilated into your everyday diet. Even better news is that these synbiotic foods have significant benefits in a person with diabetes, as reported in Clinical Nutrition.

In an effort to investigate the effects of synbiotic foods in people with diabetes,  62 patients with diabetes, ages 35-70, were evaluated on metabolic profiles, C-reactive protein and biomarkers of oxidative stress.C-reactive protein is a measure of inflammation in the body.

The study involved participants eating either a symbiotic food,  a probiotic (Lactobacillus sporogenes) and prebiotic (inulin), or a control food that did not contain the probiotic and the prebiotic.

Patients were asked to consume either the synbiotic or control foods three times a day. Fasting blood samples were taken at baseline and after a 6 week intervention to measure metabolic profiles, C-reactive protein and biomarkers of oxidative stress.

In participants who consumed the synbiotic food, compared to the control, resulted in a significant decrease in insulin levels in the blood. A significant reduction in C-reactive protein level was found following the consumption of synbiotic food compared with the control group.

In conclusion, consumption of a synbiotic food for 6 weeks among diabetic patients had significant effects on insulin levels and C-reactive protein, in the blood.

Both Lactobacillus sporogenes and inulin are easily incorporated into your diet. Many yogurts are probiotics. Sprinkle a little inulin over it, which is a prebiotic,  and you’re good to go. As with all recommendations, run this by your doctor for their opinion on the matter. If you have T2D, and you want less inflammation and less circulating insulin in the body, this might be worth a try.

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