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Aloe Vera May Improve Blood Markers in People with Pre-Diabetes

Pre-diabetes occurs when an individual’s blood sugar level is higher than it should be, putting them at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. If pre-diabetics manage their condition properly, they can delay or prevent it from becoming diabetes. A recent study suggests that taking aloe vera supplements may improve blood sugar and cholesterol markers in people with pre-diabetes.

Participants in the study included 72 people with pre-diabetes symptoms. Over the course of eight weeks, one third of the participants took 300 mg of aloe vera twice daily, one third took 500 mg of aloe vera twice daily, and the final third took a placebo.

The researchers measured fasting blood glucose, HbA1C and lipid profiles at the onset of the study, at the four week mark, and at the end of the study.

After four weeks, those in the 300 mg group had significantly lower fasting glucose levels in the when compared with the placebo group. The 300 mg group also had significantly lower HbA1C levels at the end of the study.

The 500mg aloe vera group performed even better. Fasting glucose levels declined on average from 111mg/dl to 104mg/dl over eight weeks, while HbA1C levels improved from 6.0 to 5.6.

What’s more, this group also experienced significant improvement in cholesterol scores. Total cholesterol improved from 243mg/dl to 218/mg/dl after eight weeks. This was driven by improvements in LDL cholesterol (152mg/dl to 138mg/dl) and triglyceride levels (179mg/dl to 169mg/dl). HDL cholesterol levels also improved from 31mg/dl to 35mg/dl).

Researchers from Birjand University of Medical Sciences conducted the study. It was published on April 9, 2015, in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders.

Aloe vera has been linked to a number of health benefits, including joint, digestive, heart, and blood sugar health.
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