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Mangosteen and Health: Diabetes

Can Mangosteen help improve the health of people with diabetes? Experts say it can, because it slows down and stops insulin resistance which, in turn, improves blood sugar control by reducing blood sugar fluctuations.

In some cases, blood sugar can drop significantly after Mangosteen intake because cells' resistance to glucose ceases.

This amazing fruit also helps people with diabetes lose weight because it does not increase appetite or cause fluid retention. Weight loss is an important factor in controlling the severity of the disease.

Diabetes Statistics

Up to 20 percent of adults in the U.S. have pre-diabetes, or whose ability to process blood sugar is impaired. And there are close to 16 million Americans with this disease who face the danger of serious complications like kidney failure, heart disease, blindness, or nervous system damage.

According to the American Diabetes Association, the disease is the leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness, and amputations in the U.S., with estimates of treatment costs and lost productivity approaching $100 billion every year.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported that the rates of obesity among Americans rose 57% between 1991 and 1999. There was a 6% increase in the incidence of diabetes during the same period of time.

What is so alarming about these figures is the growing number of children who are overweight. About 5.3 million, or 12.5% of Americans between the ages of 6 and 17, are overweight. Obesity in childhood can lead to the development of a host of health problems.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that up to 45 percent of newly-diagnosed cases in children are Type 2 diabetes (what used to be called "adult-onset" diabetes). This figure was less than 4 percent about 10 years ago.

Once considered an "adults-only" disease, Type 2 diabetes is now appearing in children and teens in epidemic proportions.

In the past, Type 2 diabetes typically sets on at age 40 and beyond, and serious complications didn't develop until a person reaches 60 or 70. If the epidemic of obesity in children is left unchecked, it is believed that by the time susceptible teens reach their 30's, they'll be facing the same threat of complications that their parents may have escaped until their senior years.

Physically inactive, over-eating children who have a family history of this disease are believed to be at greatest risk. This early onset of the disease is so alarming because of the complications that accompany it at such an early stage in life.

The Mangosteen Experience

Experience with Mangosteen and diabetes shows that this amazing fruit appears to improve glucose control most effectively in Type 2 diabetics, whose pancreas continues to produce some insulin.

This improvement in glucose control seems to result from this fruit's ability to reduce insulin resistance in the tissues of the body.

Type 1 diabetics may experience less glucose-lowering effects but nonetheless will get important antioxidant benefits from the Mangosteen. Damage from this disease is largely caused by free radicals. The fruit contains large amounts of highly potent antioxidants to fight these free radicals.

Type 2 diabetics may experience significant decreases in blood sugar levels, which sometimes happen quickly in the first few days of Mangosteen juice intake. In most cases, however, decreases in blood sugar levels occur gradually over a period of days or weeks.

Because of the variety of conditions falling under the Type 2 diabetes label, diabetics should not use several servings of the fruit's extract daily when they first get started with it.

Multiple servings may raise blood sugar levels initially, so some may have to begin with as little as half an ounce of the Mangosteen juice. They may, however, try to gradually increase the dosages over several weeks.

Long-term diabetics who use insulin injections also may experience significant improvement in blood sugar levels. But the improvement tends to occur more slowly than in those newly diagnosed with diabetes.

Lastly, it should be pointed out clearly that --- despite the benefits obtained from the Mangosteen --- a diabetic's insulin doses should never be reduced without the supervision of a physician.

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