12 Jun 2017 — Excerpt from the original Special Report on Diabetes published on Nutrition Insight website. To read the full report please click on the image.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is found in the skin of red grapes, as well as in red wine, peanuts and some berries.
“Research presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and Peripheral Vascular Disease 2017 Scientific Sessions in Minnesota has examined the effect of resveratrol on artery stiffness in people with diabetes. It found that resveratrol reduces arterial stiffness. The fact that The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in the US funded this study looking at resveratrol supplementation and diabetes indicates the real potential of resveratrol in becoming a valuable part of the treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes,” Clare Panchoo, Sales and Marketing Manager EMEA (Nutrition) at Evolva, tells NutritionInsight.
“For healthy older populations, a resveratrol supplement could help to maintain healthy blood flow, reduce artery stiffness and so reduce pre-diabetic risk factors. Clinical evidence suggests that resveratrol influences multiple pathways involved in energy metabolism and may particularly mimic the effect of a calorie-restricted diet,” Panchoo adds.
Pointing to a growing body of studies on resveratrol conducted using patients with type 2 diabetes, Panchoo says resveratrol supplementation may reverse the blood vessel abnormalities (artery stiffness) that occur with aging and are more pronounced in people with type 2 diabetes, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce post-meal peak plasma glucose levels and reduce fasting blood glucose levels.