Is broccoli a secret weapon against diabetes? Extract of the vegetable may help patients regulate their blood sugar levels
Research has found eating or drinking broccoli in the form of juice could help
Controlling diabetes is a huge expense for the NHS around 10% of its budget
Lifestyle changes in particular controlling obesity - helps stop the condition
Broccoli could be key to treating diabetes as a compound in the vegetable helps to lower blood sugar levels.
Research has found that eating or drinking broccoli in the form of juice could help stop type 2 diabetes.
Controlling diabetes is a huge expense for the NHS around 10 per cent of its total budget affecting 3.9 million people.
Lifestyle changes in particular controlling obesity - is an important way to stop the disease.
But in the short term for many, there are problems with existing drug treatments.
Research has found eating or drinking broccoli in the form of juice could stop type 2 diabetes
Metformin a blood-sugar lowering drug most commonly used for the condition -cannot be taken by around 15 per cent of sufferers because of its effect on their kidneys.
Professor Anders Rosengren, of Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden, said: 'Since sulforaphane has very few side effects and can easily be provided as a broccoli shake or drink - for example - it has the potential to become an important compliment to existing treatment options for type 2 diabetes.
'We will now work to make broccoli sprout extract available to produce as a functional food.'
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