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Korean Red Ginseng Improves Glucose Control in Patients with Impaired Fasting Glucose, Impaired Glucose Tolerance, or Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Posted February 17, 2014

In a 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 41 subjects with impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus, supplementation with 5 g/day Korean red ginseng (KRG) in tablet form, was found to be associated with beneficial effects on controlling serum and whole blood glucose levels.

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Anti-hyperglycemic activity of Centella asiatica is partly mediated by carbohydrase inhibition and glucose-fiber binding

Posted January 20, 2014

Centella asiatica (C. asiatica) was previously reported to have anti-hyperglycemic effects in animal diabetic model rats. However, its activity on organ and tissue level remains unstudied. Our study aims at exploring the possible effects, C. asiatica extract and insoluble fiber has on carbohydrate absorption, insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity and glucose utilization.

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A randomized 3×3 crossover study to evaluate the effect of Hass avocado intake on post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin levels, and subsequent energy intake in overweight adults

Posted November 27, 2013

The behavioral outcome of food ingestion is a complex process that involves psychological and biological factors. Avocados are nutrient dense with properties that may favorably impact energy balance. This study sought to evaluate if incorporating approximately one half of a Hass avocado by addition or inclusion into a lunch meal will influence post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin response, and subsequent energy intake among overweight adults.

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Researchers explore the effects of avocado intake on satiety, glucose and insulin levels in healthy overweight adults

Posted September 21, 2013

New research findings on avocado consumption, presented as two posters at the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition, in Granada, Spain suggest that although calorie consumption at dinner was unchanged, inclusion or addition of fresh Hass Avocado to a meal may help to reduce hunger and the desire to eat in overweight adults. Results also showed that including or adding avocado to a meal resulted in smaller post-meal rises in insulin compared to eating a meal without avocado.

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Workout Trumps Walking in Glucose Control

Posted September 18, 2013

Extended, moderate exercise produced better blood sugar control than several short walks, but the latter may still have a role in diabetes treatment, researchers found.

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Amino Acid Elicits GLP-1 Response

Posted September 16, 2013

The amino acid arginine improved glucose metabolism in lean and obese mice, by stimulating GLP-1 production and improving insulin secretion, researchers reported.

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Olive Oil May Benefit Impaired Glucose Regulation and Other Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

Posted September 9, 2013

In a population-based, cross-sectional, cluster sampling study involving 4,572 individuals in the Spanish population, consumption of olive oil (found in 90% of the Spanish population) as opposed to sunflower oil, was found to be associated with a lower risk of obesity, impaired glucose metabolism, hypertriglyceridemia and low HDL cholesterol.

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Effects of curcumin on glucose metabolism in the brains of rats subjected to chronic unpredictable stress: a 18 F-FDG micro-PET study

Posted August 1, 2013

Chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) can cause behavioral and physiological abnormalities that are important to the prediction of symptoms of depression that may be associated with cerebral glucose metabolic abnormalities. Curcumin showed potential antidepressant effects, but whether or not it can reverse cerebral functional abnormalities and so ameliorate depression remains unknown.

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Fermented milk improves glucose metabolism in exercise-induced muscle damage in young healthy men

Posted June 17, 2013

This study investigated the effect of fermented milk supplementation on glucose metabolism associated with muscle damage after acute exercise in humans. Eighteen healthy young men participated in each of the three trials of the study: rest, exercise with placebo, and exercise with fermented milk. In the exercise trials, subjects carried out resistance exercise consisting of five sets of leg and bench presses at 70–100% 12 repetition maximum. Examination beverage (fermented milk or placebo) was taken before and after exercise in double-blind method. On the following day, we conducted an analysis of respiratory metabolic performance, blood collection, and evaluation of muscle soreness.

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Effects of Vitamin D3 Supplementation on Weight, Glucose, and Lipid Metabolism in Patients on Anti-psychotic Medication

Posted June 3, 2013

In a study involving 19 schizophrenic or schizoaffective patients (BMI > 27 kg/m) who were taking atypical antipsychotic medications, supplementation with vitamin D (2000 IU/d) for a period of 8 weeks was found to be associated with significant increases in vitamin D3 levels and total vitamin D levels, and a significantly greater decrease in total cholesterol levels in those subjects who achieved vitamin D3 levels of at least 30 ng/mL at week 8.

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