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Posted on Sat, 26 Jan 13

Curcumin cuts diabetes risk

Curcumin, the yellow pigment from turmeric, has been shown to prevent type-2 diabetes in people at high risk and deserves attention as a safe, cheap anti-diabetic medicine.

In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo- controlled trial a group of people at high who met the criteria for pre-diabetes, placing them at high risk of developing type-2 diabetes, took either placebo or curcumin (250 mg pure curcumin from turmeric) twice daily for 9-months.

At assessment after 9-months those who took curcumin had a significantly lower incidence of type 2 diabetes. The curcumin treatment also appeared to improve overall function of β-cells, which play an important role in maintaining healthy blood sugar.

Because curcumin is safe and could be produced freely at a relatively low cost compared to pharmaceutical medication, curcumin should be the subject of further research as an anti-diabetic medicine.


Chuengsamarn S, Rattanamongkolgul S, Luechapudiporn R, Phisalaphong C, Jirawatnotai S. Curcumin extract for prevention of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2012 Nov;35(11):2121-7.

Tags: Turmeric, Curcumin, Type 2 Diabetes

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