Curcumin reduces type 2 diabetes risk

Curcumin comes from the Indian spice turmeric. In this new study, doctors educated 240 pre-diabetics on diet and exercise, and then gave them 1,500 mg of curcuminoids per day, or a placebo.

After nine months, one in six in the placebo group had developed type 2 diabetes while none developed it in the curcumin group. There were a number of other curcumin benefits compared to placebo, including healthier insulin-producing pancreatic cells, signs of more-normal insulin levels, cells better able to use insulin in controlling blood sugar, signs of better fat and glucose metabolism and, while the placebo group gained five pounds, the curcumin group lost eight pounds.

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