Cactus And Diabetes

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Dynamics Of Diabetes: Prickly Pear Cactus

Today's Dietitian Vol. 18, No. 11, P. 12 Research shows this vegetable has the power to lower blood glucose. The face of diabetes is changing as the United States becomes more ethnically and culturally diverse. The US Census Bureau projects that by the year 2050 the Asian, Hispanic, and African American populations will increase 212.9%, 187.9%, and 71.3%, respectively, compared with 32.4% for the white population. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Diabetes Statistics Report, released June 2014, diabetes prevalence is significant among these groups: 13.2% in African Americans, 12.8% in Hispanics, and 9% in Asian Americans, compared with 7.6% in whites.1 Along with this changing demographic more of these groups are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help manage the disease. A literature review on the use of CAM among people with diabetes, published in 2007 in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, reported prevalence rates as high as 78%. And people with diabetes are 1.6 times more likely to use CAM therapies than people without diabetes.2 The use of CAM varies among ethnic groups. A 2010 article cites research showing 40% of Continue reading >>

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  1. ForEverYoung

    Cactus/Nopales, why are they good for diabetics.

    Now that I know what effects diabetes. I started looking into why Nopales might be good for diabetics.
    I don't see why?
    Here are the nutritional facts. I don't see anything in might stimulate insulin effeciency(More insulin, increase liver absorption of bgs, decrease insulin resistance). Does anyone know what the thinking is behind the theory that NOPLES are supposed to be good for you?
    I can see that they are low in carbs, but then again there isn't any other energy sources. At least not much.

  2. jwags

    I did some quick research and found they are high in soluble fiber. That is the same kind in oatmeal, barley and shiratake noodles. I've never eaten one and I'm not sure how to cook them. They are big in Mexico. Here is an article from Diabetes Journals

  3. ForEverYoung

    So are they saying that it lowers your glycemic index?

    These findings demonstrate that the addition of nopales to the usual Mexican breakfast among type 2 diabetic subjects induced a reduction in glucose concentration after the meal. The reduction in glycemic index obtained for the three meals was 21, 12, and 15 glycemic index units. Results are consistent with the low glycemic index and glycemic load of the nopales (3). The addition of a very low glycemic index and glycemic load plus 3 g fiber from nopales shows a significant reduction of IAUC in all breakfasts.
    Wow, that would mean that noples lower the glycemic index of meals.
    I wonder if putting some in my oatmeal would lower spikes?? lol

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