The Role Soy Can Play in Staving off Diabetes.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 08, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on recent research that is now pointing to soy having a role to play in the fight against diabetes. More specifically, researchers found that there’s a specific ingredient in soy that could help combat insulin resistance.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/diabetes-articles/the-role-soy-can-play-in-staving-off-diabetes) notes, it all has to do with a substance called “genistein.” Genistein is a naturally occurring soy isoflavone.
As the article “The Role Soy Can Play in Staving off Diabetes” reports, a research team from Virginia Tech University studied genistein’s anti-diabetic mechanisms, and found that the isoflavone has direct effects on beta cell proliferation and insulin secretion.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that beta cells are found in the pancreas, and their primary purpose is to store and release insulin. Beta cells are unique in that they can respond quickly to spikes in blood glucose concentrations by secreting insulin that they have stored, while producing more insulin to replenish supplies.
The article reports that the study indicated that genistein works closely with beta cells. Because Type 2 diabetes is the result of chronic insulin resistance and loss of functional beta cell mass, anything that can boost beta cell production is helpful in staving off the disease. Genistein helps to prevent beta cell death, while at the same time boosting beta cell proliferation. According to the researchers, this relationship between genistein and beta cells isn’t something that’s necessarily mirrored in other flavonoids—it may be unique to genistein.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article concludes by advising readers who are having trouble controlling their blood sugar to get some soy into their diet.
(SOURCE: Gilbert, E.R., et al., “Anti-diabetic functions of soy isoflavone genistein: mechanisms underlying its effects on pancreatic β-cell function,” Food & Function, November 19, 2012. [Epub ahead of print.])
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