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Curcumin May Help Lower the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Filed Under: Herbs at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent 12-month study shows that curcuminoid extract may help lower the risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The research was conducted at the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Medical Center of Srinakharinwirot University in Nakornnayok, Thailand. Persons aged 35 years and older with prediabetes, as defined by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) guidelines, were included. Standard lifestyle recommendations were provided, and all subjects were counseled on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Used as a supplement for many years, curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of the popular Indian spice turmeric and has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic properties. For this study, the curcuminoid extract was prepared by extracting dried, powdered turmeric with ethanol and removing the oleoresin. Each curcumin capsule contained 250 mg curcuminoids. These authors report that the ethanol-extracted curcuminoids used in this study substantially and significantly prevented T2DM development in subjects with prediabetes.

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