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Study Shows Vitamin C Lowers Fasting Blood Sugar Levels

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Published on : Nov 24, 2015

A recently published study in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science shows that intake of vitamin C helps in bringing down the fasting blood sugar for the type 2 diabetics. The average drop is registered at 21mg/dl. However, this intake does not necessarily have a positive impact on the glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). The research was conducted with 12 random controlled trials, 26 observational studies, and 38 articles.

The research was conducted by a team at the University of Tehran. The team did a meta-analysis on all the possible studies pertaining to ascorbic acid (AA) or vitamin C before January 2013. This data was collected from PubMed, Google Scholar, Magiran, Scopus, and IranMedex. The research excluded studies conducted on Type 1 diabetes mellitus, animal studies, pediatric studies, or studies relating to pregnant women and gestational diabetes.

About 400 million people are affected by diabetes across the globe. The disease brings a range of other risks such as those pertaining to cardiovascular issues and metabolic syndrome. Diabetes has also become the leading cause of amputations and blindness. By the end of 2035, the world is expected to have 592 million diabetics.

This disease is related to the inflammation that is secondary to oxidative stress that negatively impacts the islet cells behind the pancreas that secrete insulin. Over the years, diabetes has been related to weight gain and obesity. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is usually seen in people who make poor dietary choices and rarely include good quality food in their diet such as grains, vegetables, fruits, and good protein sources.