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Ginger Improves Several Markers of Diabetes

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Earlier research has shown a possible role for ginger in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. According to the winter issue of the Iranian Journal of Pharmacology Research, new results have confirmed earlier studies. Investigators at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and other research centers in Iran, compared several measures of diabetes in people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes given either ginger or placebo by mouth.

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A total of 22 Type 2 diabetics were given the ginger while 19 were given only placebo. After 12 weeks...

  • fasting blood sugar levels,
  • HbA1c levels,
  • apolipoprotein B,
  • apolipoprotein A-1, and
  • malondialdehyde

were measured in both groups. All measurements except for apolipoprotein A-1 went down in the ginger group and were found to be lower than those in the placebo group by the end of the study. Apolipoprotein A-1 was found to go up in the group consuming ginger.

From the above results it was concluded ginger could possibly be helpful in preventing many of the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes.

The February 2011 issue of Diabetes Care reported a study that showed a low apolipoprotein B paired with a higher level of apolipoprotein A-1, was associated with a lowered risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, included 85 Type 1 and 139 Type 2 diabetics in their study. A total of 133 of these diabetics were diagnosed with retinopathy, or eye disease. Having a low-level of apolipoprotein B with a high level of apolipoprotein A-1 makes a high ratio between the two. Those diabetics with higher ratios had a 48 percent higher risk of diabetic retinopathy than those with low ratios.

Ginger is a tasty spice with a variety of uses...

  • suggests making a sauce to top tofu burgers, but you can experiment to discover what other foods it enhances. The recipe calls for carrot, vegetable oil, onion, ginger, rice wine vinegar, tamari or soy sauce, mirin, white miso paste, sesame oil, and minced garlic.
  • if you're really brave, try making hot sauce with a recipe from It calls for vegetable oil, onion, garlic, scotch bonnet - a variety of chilli pepper, jalapeno peppers, ginger, white vinegar, and sugar (substitute).
  • offers a recipe for cabbage slaw flavored with ginger. You will need green cabbage, red cabbage, radishes, carrot, black sesame seeds, ginger, garlic, miso, rice wine vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, and water.

Those and many more healthful recipes can be found on the internet, so give ginger a try.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

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