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2011-04-22

Resveratrol Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Type 2 Diabetics

This new study on resveratrol is a human clinical trial in type 2 diabetics. In this 4-week study, Hungarian researchers recruited type 2 diabetics and randomly assigned them to receive either resveratrol supplements or placebo.

At the end of four weeks, results showed a significant decrease in insulin resistance in the group supplemented with resveratrol (in comparison to the placebo group). Discussing a potential mode of action, the researchers noted that since oxidative stress is “widely accepted” as a key driver in the onset of insulin resistance, the effects may be related to resveratrol's antioxidant activity.

They also discussed the observation that levels of phosphorylated Akt (activated) to Akt was increased. Meaning that resveratrol’s potential benefits are possibly linked to its ability to activate Akt phosphorylation -- an intracellular insulin-dependent protein that facilitates the uptake of glucose into cells. .

Source: Resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity and reduces oxidative stress in type 2 diabetics

Now one last note here before the weekend...seeing that today is Earth Day and Canadians have a federal election in less than two weeks, perhaps today is a good day to quickly review where the federal parties in Canada stand on environmental issues. The next federal government will make important decisions that effect all of our lives - whether our food cans will be safe from toxic bisphenol A, whether Canada will thrive in the clean energy revolution or remain stuck in the old fuels of yesteryear, and whether our drinking water remains safe.

Click this sentence to check each party's responses, which were collated by Environmental Defense. If you have grandchildren, kids, or ever planning to have offspring one day, you have a personal responsibility to help secure a clear, clean, and bright future for them...not a smoggy, brownish, hazy future.

Also remember, environmental health DIRECTLY impacts human health. It's not some wishy-washy indirect correlation. A = B. How simple is that?

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