Ancient medical practitioners used to encourage dietary supplements and herbal medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
In a study from Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities, scientists found evidence for ginger as traditional therapy for blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Ginger is a nontoxic spice with negligible side effects and is considered safe by the food and drug administration.
In the current study, the team aimed to review evidence of fasting blood sugar (FBS) and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in people with type 2 diabetes who consumed and who did not consume ginger.
They examined published clinical trials comparing blood sugar levels in diabetic patients who were assigned to ginger consumption versus a control group.
All the participants were patients with type 2 diabetes who were either assigned to ginger therapy (1600- 4000 mg daily) or to a control group.
Fasting blood sugar and HbA1c were assessed in the ginger and control groups, respectively, from baseline to follow-up to observe any significant change.
The team included 8 clinical trials consisting of a total number of 454 participants with type 2 diabetes in this analysis.
At first, fasting blood sugar was compared in patients with diabetes from baseline prior to ginger consumption until follow-up after ginger consumption.
The findings showed no significant difference. For the T2DM patients who did not consume ginger, no significant difference was observed.
However, a strongly improved HbA1c from baseline to follow-up was observed in those participants with ginger consumption whereas, in the control group, no difference in HbA1c was found.
The findings suggest that dietary ginger can strongly improve HbA1c in people with type 2 diabetes.
This natural medicine might have an impact on glucose control over a longer period of time in these patients.
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The research was published in Medicine (Baltimore) and conducted by Fang-Yan Huang et al.
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