View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
By State Requirement
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
THURSDAY, July 12 (HealthDay News) -- A component of turmeric -- curcumin -- reduces the incidence of type 2 diabetes and improves β-cell function in adults with prediabetes, according to a study published online July 6 in Diabetes Care.
Somlak Chuengsamarn, M.D., from Srinakharinwirot University in Nakornnayok, Thailand, and colleagues randomly assigned 240 adults with prediabetes to receive oral curcumin or placebo twice a day for nine months. Type 2 diabetes progression was assessed following treatment.
After nine months the researchers found that 16.4 percent of the placebo group and none of the curcumin group were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Curcumin treatment was associated with significantly improved β-cell function, with higher homeostasis model assessment-β and lower C-peptide levels. Compared with the placebo group, curcumin treatment was also associated with lower homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance and higher adiponectin.
"A nine-month curcumin intervention of a prediabetes population significantly lowered the number of prediabetic individuals who eventually developed type 2 diabetes mellitus," Chuengsamarn and colleagues conclude. "In addition, the curcumin treatment appeared to improve overall function of β-cells, with very minor adverse effects."
The Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization provided the curcumin extract and placebo for the study.
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top