Type 2 Diabetes – A Possible New Medication for Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is caused by resistance to insulin, so a medication to improve insulin sensitivity would be a boon to treatment of the condition. Such a drug, consisting of a molecule called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), could become a reality.
During July 2013, the Singapore Medical Journal reported on a study from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. It included 67 overweight people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
32 received EPA while
35 received a placebo,.
for three months. It was found fasting blood sugars decreased in the EPA group compared with the placebo group. Insulin levels also decreased, indicating the EPA patients were developing greater sensitivity to insulin. With greater sensitivity to insulin they did not need as much. Direct testing of insulin resistance also showed a decrease in the level in the participants treated with EPA.
From this information it was concluded that insulin sensitivity could possibly be improved with the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) treatment. Of course, it will be years before this drug becomes a medication prescribed by your doctor for Type 2 diabetes, if it ever proves safe and effective for that purpose. In the mean time, it is part of a healthful vegan diet …
EPA is an omega 3 fatty acid. Alpha linolenic acid, or ALA, is converted to EPA in the body. It can be found in:.
pumpkin seeds, as well as.
Small amounts are also found in soy and green vegetables. Nutritional algae contains EPA. When people eat fish oils they are getting EPA made by algae and consumed by fish who might also have consumed mercury.
This Fall when you hollow out your pumpkin, save the seeds. Lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 300 F or 150 C for 45 minutes or until they are golden brown. They make a nutritious snack alone or are good sprinkled onto a green salad.
flax and hemp seeds are great in smoothies with your favorite fruit and vegan yogurt. Allrecipes.com suggests making smoothies with frozen bananas, frozen strawberries, flax seed meal, and vanilla soy milk.
check the VegetarianTimes.com website for a recipe for grated carrot and celery root salad with hemp seeds. Also included are green onions, dijon mustard, and white wine vinegar.
the website KeepInItKind offers a recipe for super seed trifecta granola, using chia seeds, crisp brown rice, flax seeds, granola, hemp seeds, and oats. KimberlySnyder.net has instructions for making raw tabouli hemp salad with parsley, onion, tomato, hempseeds, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil.
hemp seeds are also recommended to garnish oatmeal, soups, and salads. Hemp oil is used for making salad dressings and dip. Because the oil is not heat stable, it is not used in cooking. Don’t worry; hemp seed sold commercially for food is not a drug.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making simple changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience. Take the reins and dramatically improve your life.