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Can Ivy Gourd Control Diabetes?

By May 10, 2012

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A type of tropical plant long used in herbal medicine, ivy gourd is often touted as a natural remedy for diabetes. Many proponents suggest that ivy gourd can help treat diabetes by protecting against spikes in blood sugar (also known as "glucose").

So far, there's very little scientific support for the claim that ivy gourd can help manage diabetes. Still, a number of small studies (including a 2008 report published in Diabetes Care) indicate that ivy gourd may help regulate glucose levels in diabetes patients.

Several other natural substances and alternative therapies may help enhance health in people with diabetes. For instance, some research shows that sipping tea, maintaining optimal vitamin D levels, and practicing yoga may be beneficial for diabetes patients. Before using any form of alternative medicine to manage diabetes, talk to your doctor to make sure the treatment is safe for you. Read the article: Ivy Gourd - What You Need to Know.

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