Can Probiotics Reverse Diabetes?


Sometimes ago we got an email from someone explaining the health benefits of probiotics in diabetes reversal.

He claimed probiotics when combined with other essential components can cause a reversal of diabetes.

In as much as we know that a cure or reversal of diabetes isn’t established yet, we still decided to dig further into verifying his claims.

So we started by finding out what probiotics are:

Probiotics are live bacteria that naturally occur in certain foods—from fermented vegetables, to live-cultured yogurt.

Researchers have studied probiotics to find out whether they might help prevent or treat a variety of health problems, including:

Digestive disorders such as diarrhea caused by infections.
Allergic disorders such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and allergic rhinitis (hay fever).
Tooth decay and other oral health problems.
The common cold

According to  “Probiotics and Diabetes Mellitus” a research article published from K. Naydenov at Trakia University, Bulgaria:

The pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus is complex and one of the factors implemented is the oxidative stress. Probiotic-containing foods have been reported to suppress oxidative stress. L. acidophillus and L. casei also attenuate oxidative stress and are believed to have antidiabetic effects.

Also an article excerpt from completely analysed the claims of a breakthrough discovery in probiotics ‘curing’ Type 1and Type 2 diabetes mellitus by a research from Cornell University in the US.

Although the research highlighted will not provide an immediate cure for people living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, but it’s very interesting nevertheless.

The study was focused on rats, and at that stage it is too early to say if the probiotic used would have the same benefits in humans, or if it could become a routine treatment for diabetes in humans.

Years of further research using animal models and clinical trials in humans will be needed before we will know if this treatment could benefit people living with diabetes.

Without further research, we do not know if this approach could potentially replace or work in combination with existing therapies for people living with diabetes.

It is important to note that, in people with Type 1 diabetes, insulin-producing cells in the pancreas are targeted and destroyed by an immune attack. If this approach were used to engineer new insulin-producing gut cells in people with Type 1, these cells could also be targeted by the immune system – so this would need to be monitored closely.

According to this article on Diabetes UK page until further research has been completed, the best way to manage diabetes is by taking existing medications prescribed by your doctor, and maintaining a healthy weight by following a healthy balanced diet and taking regular exercise.

Although claims of cure has been a major influencer of late presentations at hospitals and increased complication in Nigeria, we believe that Africa has been endowed with natural remedies that if researched into may provide outstanding breakthroughs.

We hope government, corporate organizations and individuals will invest in such researches.

Please feel free to drop your comments or suggestions in the comment section below.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

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