New study finds diabetes, breast cancer link. Which natural products can help?

A new study lead by Jeffrey Johnson from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, shows a shocking correlation between breast cancer and type 2 diabetes. The study followed approximately 170,000 women and found that the participants who were 55 and older were a third more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer if they had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the previous three months. There isn’t a concrete explanation for this connection, but researchers speculate that the link could be attributed the relationship between blood sugar and breast tumor growth.

So now that we know that there is a possible connection between diabetes and cancer, what natural products can help?

If your blood sugar levels concern you, there are herbs that have shown a positive influence on blood sugar levels. Of course, you should talk to your health care provider before adding any new supplements or herbs to your daily routine. 

Fenugreek – This tiny seed with a funny name has shown it can help control blood sugar levels in multiple trials. One of the most promising studies out of India found fenugreek significantly helped control blood sugar for participants struggling with type 2 diabetes. You can also use fenugreek to heal warts. Simply put some fenugreek seeds into some warm water and let it sit overnight. Every morning thereafter for a week put the goo directly on the wart until it goes away. (We have tried this and it works!)

Tumeric – Lots of you may already have this in your spice cabinet…now you have a new use for it. This popular herb has been utilized for around 4,000 years, mainly in curry recipes. Besides being a delicious addition to spicy meals, studies performed with mice suggest that it can also help control blood sugar naturally.

Holy Basil – Sure you’ve heard of basil, but have you been introduced to basil’s chaste cousin, holy basil? In a trial with a controlled group of 40 participants with type 2 diabetes, holy basil showed an impressive ability to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Sources:
 
Gupta A, Gupta R, Lal B. Effect of Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) seeds on glycaemic control and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. J Assoc Physicians India. 2001;49:1057-1061.

Arun N, Nalini N. Efficacy of turmeric on blood sugar and polyol pathway in diabetic albino rats. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2002 Winter;57(1):41-52.

Shane-McWhorter, Laura. “Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum) – Diabetes Health.” Diabetes Health – Investigate, Inform, Inspire. 1 Sept. 2005. Web. 27 Oct. 2011. <http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2005/09/01/4349/holy-basil-ocimum-sanctum/>.

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