European Elderberry and Type 2 Diabetes: a Natural Blood Sugar Modulator
Do European elderberry flowers have the ability to naturally modulate the blood sugar levels associated with type 2 diabetes? A growing body of scientific evidence suggests it. The discovery may help the millions of Americans suffering from the disease.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to its own insulin, a hormone vital to the body’s ability to use blood glucose for energy. Without insulin, glucose levels build up in the bloodstream, leading to harmful physical complications. In 2012, a staggering 29.1 million Americanshad diabetes. Of those, 95 percent were adults suffering from type 2. If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can result in kidney and other organ failures, amputations, blindness, and even death. In fact, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
Diabetes is also expensive: medical costs for people with type 2 diabetes are more than twice as high as medical costs for people without the disease. But a range of factors, including increased rates of obesity in children, indicate that the disease is on the rise. Moreover, the prescription drugs used to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin can have debilitating side effects. Thus the quest for natural, effective alternatives has taken on increasing importance.
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