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Stevia and Diabetes? Normally do not go together.

Diabetes is a medical condition which should be monitored and treated by a qualified physician. However, Stevia can be a part of a healthy diet for anyone with blood sugar problems since it does not raise blood sugar levels. If in doubt, ask your doctor. However, if they say no (due to lack of knowledge), ask them politely for current research to support their opinion.  For more information visit read the report below:

Canadian Diabetes Association National Nutrition Committee Technical Review: Non-nutritive Intense Sweeteners in Diabetes Management

Even more encouraging that Stevia has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, meaning, it may reduce insulin resistance, helping the cells use insulin. Stevia has been shown to help stimulate insulin production too. These two benefits are great news for diabetics.

Stevia leaves have been used as herbal teas by diabetic patients in Asian countries for many years. No side effects have been observed in these patients after continued consumption (Suttajit, 1993). Furthermore, studies have shown that Stevia extract can actually improve blood sugar levels (Alvarez, 1981, Curi, 1986).

In 1986, Brazilian researchers from the Universities of Maringa and Sao Paolo evaluated the role of Stevia in blood sugar (Curi, 1986). Sixteen healthy volunteers were given extracts from 5 grams of Stevia leaves every six hours for three days. The extracts were prepared by immersing the leaves in boiling water for twenty minutes. A glucose tolerance test (GTT) was performed before and after the administration of the extract. During this test, the volunteers were given a glass of water with glucose. Blood sugar levels were then evaluated over the next few hours. The results were compared to those of another group of volunteers that did not receive the Stevia extracts. Those with a predisposition to diabetes showed marked rise in blood sugar levels. The group given Stevia was found to have significantly lower blood sugar levels as indicated by the glucose tolerance tests.

The results of this study were a positive indication that, potentially, Stevia can be beneficial to diabetics. And even if Stevia by itself does not lower blood sugar levels, the simple fact that a person with diabetes would consume less sugar is of significant importance in maintaining better blood sugar control.

Based on those results of the studies, we suggest you switch to Stevia. You can begin by using it instead of sugar or an artificial sweetener to flavour your coffee or tea. After a few days or weeks, as your comfort level with Stevia increases, gradually use more of the herbal extract in those dishes or beverages in which you would normally use sugar or a different sweetener.

So, interested? If you or anyone of your loved one is having diabetes, Please call us at (88) 01680072195 or contact us for further discussion.