Popping a vitamin C tablet twice a day could help more than one million Aussies with type two diabetes lower blood sugar levels, according to a new study.
Researchers at Melbourne’s Deakin University found taking two 500mg doses after meals can lower blood sugar levels and reduce blood sugar spikes for those with the disease.
The findings published in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism journal found participants had a 36 per cent drop in their blood sugar spike after meals.
‘We found participants had a significant 36 per cent drop in the blood sugar spike after meals,’ lead researcher and Associate Professor Glenn Wadley said on Monday.
‘This also meant they spent almost three hours less per day living in a state of hyperglycaemia.
‘Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties can help counteract the high levels of free radicals found in people with diabetes.’
‘It’s encouraging to see this benefits a number of the disease’s common comorbidities, such as high blood pressure.’
Study participants with hypertension also had their blood pressure levels drop while taking the vitamin C tablets, he added.
Researchers said the vitamin could serve as a cheap and effective additional therapy in anti-diabetic treatment.
More than 1.2 million Australians have been diagnosed with the disease.
Type two is a health condition that can be triggered by excess weight.
SOURCE: Daily Mail