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Eating oyster mushrooms, ginger helps with diabetes

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Are you diabetic? Do you desire to  help for the management of your condition?  Well, oyster mushrooms and ginger should be your delight.

Medical experts from the Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), in Dhaka, found that Oyster mushrooms may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes because it helps to lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol in type 2 diabetes.

In researchers in a clinical study, put 89 middle-aged men and women on a special diet plan that involved eating oyster mushrooms for one week followed by a seven day break and then a further week of mushroom dietary intervention.

During the first seven days, they noted significant drops in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, serum glucose, total cholesterol and triglycerides.

Levels increased over the following week before falling again in the second week of oyster mushroom consumption.

The researchers concluded in the study which was published in the peer-reviewed Mymensingh Medical Journal that oyster mushrooms “significantly reduced blood glucose, blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol of diabetic subjects without any deleterious effect on liver and kidney function”.

Oyster mushrooms have a naturally occurring statin called lovastatin, which explains their cholesterol-lowering effect. However, the mechanisms behind the plant’s hypoglycaemic effect (ability to lower blood sugar) are not fully understood.

Moreover, an Austrian study discovered that ginger, a common spice used to treat nausea, heartburn and indigestion, could also be used to help improve long-term management of diabetes.

Researchers from the University of Sydney have found that ginger may be able to control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients by increasing the uptake of glucose into muscle cells without the need for insulin.

The researchers stated that ginger could assists in the management of high levels of blood sugar that create complications for long-term diabetic patients, and thus allowing cells to operate independently of insulin .

They discovered that extracts from Buderim Ginger rich in gingerols boosted uptake of glucose. Specifically, the gingerols increased distribution of the GLUT4 protein, which appears on the surface of the skeletal muscle cells and allows transport of glucose into cells.

In people with type 2 diabetes, however, the skeletal muscles’ ability to uptake glucose is significantly affected due to impaired insulin signalling and inefficiency of the GLUT4.

In this study, which appeared in the natural product journal Planta Medica, the researchers hoped that these promising results for managing blood glucose levels can be examined further in human clinical trials. 

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