Once a month copper supplements may help fight type 2 diabetes

Dont let a monthly exchange intake of copper supplements stop you from growing out your waist and staring down more than you want to admit.

A new study out of Vermont published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation provides unequivocal evidence that the use of copper supplements sometimes recommended as a supplement to treat high blood sugar is more than just a marketing ploy and is safe and effective for type 2 diabetic patients.

Copper is considered a nutrient vital for maintaining a healthy body and for protecting against diabetes. This utility has led scientists to speculate on its potential spectrum of usefulness in diabetic patients.

In this study the new research conducted using rats confirmed the benefits of the protein derived from copper and therefore showed for the first time that observed beneficial effects on diabetic rats can affect human blood sugar levels through modulation of a particular HbA1c target.

Dr. Aline Kremer coordinator of the study and senior author said that the research showed that increased copper levels in diabetic rats were generated not only through a dietary change but also via compounds orally administered orally. In turn the rats received in conjunction a dietary change to cross prepare them to eat additional foods provided by the ingestion of more copper-rich foods (rather than a reduction in weight).

Previously mentioned by four US-based diets for type 2 diabetes (DASH Mediterranean diet the DASH-Style diet) the beneficial effect of these diets is due to the addition of dietary fibre vitamin and mineral-rich foods. Copper supplementation showed no significant detrimental effect.

It was therefore not surprising that copper supplements also failed to provide additional benefits for human blood glucose levels.

Also it was not surprising that the use of copper tablets (a nodule next to the blood drawn) did not significantly reduce insulin levels in the rats nor did the consumption of free-form copper supplements lead to significant reductions in leptin resistance.

Finally the use of copper-enriched caffeine in the rat diet did not significantly reduce the exercise tolerance of the rats.