Researchers from Youjiang Medical University for Nationalities have discovered evidence supporting the use of ginger as a traditional therapy for controlling blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
The study, led by Fang-Yan Huang, is published in the journal Medicine (Baltimore).
Ginger is a commonly used spice considered safe by the Food and Drug Administration. It has been recommended by ancient medical practitioners for the treatment of various ailments, including type 2 diabetes.
The main objective of the study was to examine the effects of ginger consumption on fasting blood sugar (FBS) and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
- Researchers included 8 clinical trials, consisting of 454 participants who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
- The participants were divided into two groups: one that consumed ginger (between 1600-4000 mg daily) and a control group.
- Fasting blood sugar and HbA1c levels were assessed at baseline and follow-up for both groups.
- No significant difference was observed in fasting blood sugar levels between the two groups.
- However, the study found a strong improvement in HbA1c levels in the group that consumed ginger.
The findings suggest that ginger may have a significant impact on long-term glucose control as evidenced by improvements in HbA1c levels. However, it did not show any immediate effects on fasting blood sugar levels.
It’s worth mentioning that this study is a review of existing clinical trials and the total sample size is relatively small. Future studies with larger sample sizes and more rigorous methodologies are needed to confirm these results.
Conclusion and Takeaway
While it’s too early to consider ginger as a definitive treatment for type 2 diabetes, this study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that ginger could be a valuable supplement for blood sugar control, particularly in improving HbA1c levels.
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