Mangos May Lower Blood Sugar in Obese, Study Suggests

Mangos May Lower Blood Sugar in Obese, Study Suggests
Mangos May Lower Blood Sugar in Obese, Study Suggests

Regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels without a negative impact on body weight, a recent study suggests. Research has been published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights.

Mangos contain mangiferin, an antioxidant that may play a role in lowering blood glucose. The fiber in mangos can also help lower glucose absorption into the bloodstream.

A 12-week pilot study evaluated the effects of mango consumption on anthropometric measurements (eg, height, weight, hip/waist circumference), biochemical parameters (eg, triglyceride, HDL, glucose, HbA1c, insulin), and body composition in 20 obese adults (BMI 30-45kg/m^2). Subjects consumed 10g of freeze-dried mango each day and intake was monitored via 3-day food records assessed at baseline and after 6- and 12-weeks of mango supplementation.

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After 12 weeks, subjects had reduced blood glucose (-4.41mg/dL, P<0.001), observed in both males (-4.5mg/dL, P=0.018) and females (-3.6mg/dL, P=0.003). Hip circumference was significantly lower in males (-3.3cm, P=0.048) but not in females. In general, there were no significant changes in triglycerides, HDL, or blood pressure. Further, no changes were observed in overall body weight, hip/waist circumference, waist to hip ratio, percent fat mass or lean mass.

Researchers noted further clinical trials are necessary, especially in those with diabetes.

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