New Research Shows Stevia May Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Sugar is no good for you, which is why we’re seeing an increasing number of people ditch sugar for healthier alternatives. Among these sweeteners, stevia has become a popular choice, especially for people with type 2 diabetes.

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Stevia is a natural, no-calorie sweetener that is 200 to 400 times sweeter than refined sugar. Researchers have now found that it can help control blood sugar levels.

New Research Shows Stevia May Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers from the United Kingdom and Belgium found that stevia activates a protein known as TRPM5. This protein is associated with taste perception, and also plays an important role in the release of insulin after eating.

Koenraad Philippaert, a researcher from the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at KU Leuven in Belgium, said his study findings could potentially pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes.

To confirm the theory of TRPM5 stimulation, researchers added stevioside – an active component of stevia – to the high fat diet of mice over a long period of time. The mice given TRPM5 did not develop type 2 diabetes, whereas mice who lacked the protein did.

“This indicates that the protection against abnormally high blood sugar levels and diabetes is due to the stimulation of TRPM5 with stevia components,” says study co-author Prof. Rudi Vennekens, also of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at KU Leuven.

The study findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.

Rumana Dsouza

Rumana D’Souza is the social media and content coordinator for Prizm Media and Kudolife. She has found her life’s calling in writing about health and wellness, and believes she can make the world a touch healthier – one blog post at a time.

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