Broccoli extract may lower blood sugar among some with diabetes, study finds
Nearly 30 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes. Being overweight or obese increases the chances of developing diabetes. Both obesity and diabetes are linked to cancer .
Findings from a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggest that sulforaphane, a phytochemical that has shown strong cancer-preventive actions in lab and clinical studies, might also reduce some of the harmful effects of type 2 diabetes in obese adults.
Sulforaphane is useful not only for cancer prevention but it also demonstrates anti-diabetes and many other activities, says Jed Fahey, ScD, Director of the Cullman Chemoprotection Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and one of the authors on the study.
Sulforaphane comes from broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, and radishes. It contributes to the vegetables slightly pungent aroma and flavor.
Both obesity and diabetes increase the risk of cancers. Read more in Linking Diabetes to Cancer: Changes for Prevention.
The liver of a healthy person naturally produces glucose, a type of sugar, and releases it into the blood. But the liver of a person with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes produces as much as three times the normal amount of glucose.
A team of scientists from Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.S. set out to learn what effects sulforaphane has on liver glucose production and blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. They chose sulforaphane out of more than 3,800 drugs and natural products because the pattern of genes that sulforaphane switches on or o Continue reading