Resveratrol may reduce diabetic complications
by Newsletter Editor
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring compound that plants produce to combat bacteria and other pathogens, and is found in the skin of red grapes, other fruits, and in Japanese knotweed.
Those with type 2 diabetes often have complications including blood vessel damage, chronic high glucose levels, and imbalances in circulating lipids. Doctors are looking for new therapies without the side effects of current treatments.
In one of the first human studies on resveratrol, 57 participants with type 2 diabetes continued taking standard oral glucose control drugs with or without 250 mg of resveratrol per day. After six months, while there were no changes for placebo, those taking resveratrol saw a significant decrease in body weight, systolic blood pressure, total cholesterol, triglycerides, improved kidney function, and beneficial increases in circulating antioxidant enzymes. Also, resveratrol tended to decrease long-term fasting glucose levels.