Pumpkin could have positive diabetes effects

Mon, 09 Jul 2007
One of the major banes of many diabetic’s lives, having to inject insulin on a daily basis, might be mitigated or even kissed goodbye if a promising component of the pumpkin fulfils its potential.

Recent interest in naturally occurring substances and compounds to help manage and treat diabetes has resulted in a number of key discoveries. This most recent one, by the East China University, indicates that a compound found in pumpkins acted to regenerate damaged pancreatic cells amongst rats with diabetes. This boosted insulin levels, and led to lesser need for injections.

The head of the research team, Tao Xia, reportedly commented: "Pumpkin extract is potentially a very good product for pre-diabetic people, as well as those who already have diabetes." The rats tested were type 1, but type 2 could also be influenced by pumpkin extract.
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