Friday, June 10, 2011

Resveratrol Helpful in Diabetes

Resveratrol, a chemical compound found in the seed of grapes has been seen to have beneficial effect on diabetes. It helps to lower the blood sugar, helps to decrease the dose of oral anti-diabetic drugs and amount of insulin in patients of diabetes.
 Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum) at the Amer...Gila Monster (Helidroma Suspectum)  Resveratrol has the property similar to the chemical Exenatide, which a synthetic version of exendin-4, a hormone found in the saliva of the Gila monster; a reptile found in the banks of Gila River, Arizona.

All these mimic the action of glucagon like peptides-1 (GLP-1), which is normally secreted from the duodenum/intestine of people after consumption of food.
This peptide;
  • Inhibits the rapid emptying of stomach content, so that rapid rise of blood glucose does not occur.
  • Inhibits the action of glucagon which is responsible to raise the blood glucose level.
  • Increases insulin secretion that helps in speeding the utilization and storage of glucose.
  • Lessens the appetite acting centrally in brain; helping to lose weight.
It is taken once daily injection and has been seen to maintain a near normal blood glucose level through out.
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