Type 2 diabetes is a serious chronic condition which affects approximately 8.3% of the population in the United States. That number is only projected to rise due to the fact that over 25 million people a year get newly diagnosed with this disease. It is now listed in the top ten causes of death for Americans and even if it is not fatal, it is can lead to serious complications like blindness and non-healing wounds.
That is why the search for natural therapies to treat Type 2 diabetes has become so important for so many people who want to manage their condition without the side effects of traditional treatments. One such natural therapy which might offer hope comes from the unlikely source of bees! Read on to find out more about how royal jelly can play a role in natural diabetic treatment.
Several Studies Confirm Efficacy of Royal Jelly Treatment
The latest segment in a growing body of evidence which support the use of royal jelly as a natural treatment for Type 2 diabetes has come out of China. The new study, published in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, studied 50 diabetic women, half of whom received supplementation with 1,000mg of royal jelly and half of whom received a placebo. At the end of the 8-week study, it was found that women who had received the royal jelly supplement showed an overall decrease in blood sugar levels and an increase in insulin levels as well as an increase in markers for antioxidant activity. Researchers believe that these changes were wrought by the fact that royal jelly contains compounds which are strong antioxidants and which also have an insulin-like effect upon blood sugar levels.
What is Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly is a substance excreted from honey bees that is nutrient-rich and used to nurture both the development of the queen bee and the bee larvae. It is made by the worker bees and in a period of half a year or so, a productive hive can produce about 500grams of this. It is then harvested from the honeycomb, where it is found in the highest concentrations.
The recent study in China is only part of the many studies which have taken place over the years on the multiple health benefits that royal jelly can bring. Studies have shown it not only beneficial for diabetes, but for other conditions including asthma, stomach ulcers, kidney disease and arthritis, just to name a few.
In conclusion, royal jelly supplementation might offer a good natural therapy for Type 2 diabetics. This supplementation will likely be even more effective if it is accompanied by lifestyle changes such as weight loss, regular exercise and a low glycemic index diet. All of these factors can
combine together for an effective care plan for good day-to-day diabetes management.
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