Pumpkin eaters gain diabetes weaponBy
Pumpkins are fall favorites for decorating and eating in October and November. A recent research, however, suggests one more reason to celebrate the great orange gourd: Possible anti-diabetic benefits. Diabetes will affect half a billion people worldwide by 2050 — a growing number due to the rise in global obesity. The list of diabetes associated ailments includes heart disease, stroke, dementia, blindness and cancer.
A study fromJapan’sIwateUniversitylooked at how pumpkin compounds affected rats fed a high-starch, high-sugar diet for six weeks. Compared to a control group, those with pumpkin extracts mixed into their feed had dramatically lower blood and liver markers for diabetes: specifically, 17 percent lower blood glucose, 65 percent lower triglyceride levels, and 30 percent less abdominal fat.