A study suggests that infusing ketone supplements can help lower blood sugar levels, and could help manage diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes and obesity have become a universal concern in the past two decades. Both of these conditions are linked with high blood sugar levels that can damage the blood vessels and can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
For the study, twenty young and healthy individuals consumed ketone monoester supplement or a placebo, after a 10-hour fast on two occasions.
After thirty minutes of this activity, they were asked to consume a drink that contained 75 grams of sugar.
After every 15-30 minutes of the entire period of 2.5 hours, blood samples of these volunteers were taken and analyzed for the levels of hormones, lipid, and glucose.
The results showed that as compared to the placebo, the blood sugar spike was reduced on the day that the individuals had consumed ketone drink.
Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK and the University of British Columbia in Canada have demonstrated that just one drink of ketone ester enables better control of blood sugar levels.
Further research is required to find out if the consumption of ketone supplements will apply to people with type 2 obesity, prediabetes and obesity.
The psychological mechanisms that strengthen blood sugar levels also need to be explained.
"Our study was done in healthy young participants but if the same responses were seen in people with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes then it is possible that a ketone monoester supplement could be used to lower glucose levels and improve metabolic health. We are working on these studies at the moment," said Jonathan Little, from the University of Columbia.
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