Health Risks Associated With Diabetes

1696 WordsDec 3, 20147 Pages
INTRODUCTION “More than 18.2 million people (or 6.3 percent of the population) in the United States have diabetes” (Palo Alto Foundation). Considering all the disadvantages and health risks associated with diabetes, it is essential that we find healthy and more natural ways of battling such an illness. One way that is becoming more and more prevalent in the United States is the research and usage of herbal oils and medicines in regards to diabetes. Herbs provide a more natural approach to healing rather than continuous consumption of processed pharmaceuticals prescribed by doctors. Pharmaceuticals contain ingredients that may although directly help the disease it is prescribed for, could possibly do damage to other parts of the body…show more content…
A team of researchers from Morocco found that “the extract decreased several components of the metabolic syndrome, decreased atherosclerotic indicators, and increased cardioprotective factors, which leads them to believe that coriander extract may have a cardiovascular protective effect” (Gettleman). Researchers have discovered that the property of coriander responsible for these effects is from a pigment in the coriander plant called quercetin. This study as well as the previous study I explored have similar results, concluding that coriander may have properties that can treat diabetes but since much of the research has been done on rats rather than humans, more investigation still needs to be done (Gettleman). “A 2012 review of several recent studies concluded that the use of cinnamon had a potentially beneficial effect on glycemic control” (Castro). Like many other herbal remedies, more research needs to be conducted to provide addition proof for the anti-diabetic properties of cinnamon. Scientists have actually discovered five major ways that cinnamon can benefit diabetics. The first is that cinnamon can significantly increase metabolism of glucose, which aids in blood sugar regulation, something very essential to diabetic individuals. Cinnamon in the future may act as an insulin substitute because of its many “insulin-like
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