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Can milk thistle help people with diabetes?

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Medical research does suggest that milk thistle, combined with traditional treatment, can improve diabetes. Studies have shown a decrease in blood sugar levels and an improvement in cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.

 Researchers also have found that milk thistle improved insulin resistance, a key characteristic of type 2 diabetes.

 That said, talk to your doctor before taking any supplements, as they may interfere with your diabetes medication.

SOURCES: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Milk Thistle Monograph." National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Milk Thistle." Medicinenet.com: "Generic Name: Milk Thistle – Oral."


Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

SOURCES: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Milk Thistle Monograph." National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): "Milk Thistle." Medicinenet.com: "Generic Name: Milk Thistle – Oral."


Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

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