As diabetes affects more individuals every year, medical professionals are constantly looking for new ways to help treat the blood glucose disease. Currently, 25.8 million Americans suffer from diabetes, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.1 Based on research that was presented to the American Chemical Society at a recent meeting, tequila may be the answer.
The tequila plant
Unfortunately, it's not the tequila you find behind the bar that possesses diabetic benefits. The tequila plant creates a natural sweetener that may be successful in reducing blood glucose levels for patients who have Type 2 diabetes.2
"We have found that since agavins reduce glucose levels and increase GLP-1, they also increase the amount of insulin," Dr. Mercedes Lopez explained in a statement. "Agavins are not expensive and they have no known side effects, except for those few people who cannot tolerate them."
These fructans are made of sugar fructose, which are the best option for supporting the growth of microbes in both the intestines and mouth. Additionally, agavins help people to feel fuller when ingested, which may also cause them to eat less.
It's important that agavins not be confused with agave nectar or syrup, which tend to have similar properties as high-fructose corn syrup since they have been broken down into individual fructose. Agavins, on the other hand, consist of a link of fructose that cannot be regulated by the body. This means that, unlike with high-fructose corn syrup, blood sugar will not be increased by this tequila plant sweetener.
"This study represents the first attempt to evaluate agavins as sweeteners in spite of their lower sweetness compared to sugar," Lopez told the source.
Breakdown of the research
Lopez and colleagues uncovered this valuable information following data that was collected when mice were given water with added agavins. Their diets remained standard to the foods they had been eating before the start of the study. Each day, the mice were weighed, and their blood glucose levels were tracked on a weekly basis. The researchers noticed that the mice who drank more of the agavin water ate less. They also lost weight and had decreased glucose levels in their blood when compared to subjects that were given other sweeteners.
Agavins are just one potential option when it comes to treating diabetes. Patients who are looking for medical supplies to treat their condition can turn to Medex Supply. Available diabetic supplies include necessities such as insulin syringes and infusion sets.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "The facts about diabetes: A leading cause of death in the U.S."
2 American Chemical Society, "Tequila plant is possible sweetener for diabetics – helps reduce blood sugar, weight" March 16, 2014