Prediabetes and Probiotics

by | May 22, 2015 | Health Conditions, Probiotic Blog

Could probiotics help patients diagnosed with prediabetes and aid them  in the prevention of type 2 diabetes? Is it possible for something as simple as a probiotic supplement to improve the blood pressure of a prediabetic patient?

Probiotics are proving their worth everyday. Scientists are constantly learning new ways that these healthy bacteria are treating diseases, curing disorders, and increasing immunity. They are showing that a healthy gut can be the source of a wonderfully healthy life.

Recent Discoveries with Prediabetics and Probiotics

In a study published last fall, several doctors from Iran aimed to discover if probiotics could have a positive effect on patients who are diagnosed as prediabetic. Blood lipid profiles and blood pressure were the two main factors in the study. This research and test consisted of 60 patients dealing with prediabetes, ranging from 25 to 60 years old. The patients were randomly assigned either a probiotic or a placebo for 8 weeks. Blood samples were taken and blood pressure was measured as a baseline and at the end of the trial period. In addition, dietary intake and physical activity were monitored.

The results showed that while there was little to no improvement in blood lipid markers, the patients that received the probiotic had a significantly better systolic blood pressure.

Probiotics are known to bring relief to people suffering with gastrointestinal issues, but now we are starting to see how they can help with high blood pressure in patients diagnosed as prediabetic! Healthy bacteria are a necessity in the gut. If you are looking for an easy way to start improving your overall health today, try probiotics and see what a difference a simple supplement can make!  In the long-run, prevention is usually much easier and cheaper than treatment. Don’t wait until you are diagnosed with a disorder or a disease. Be proactive and take control of your health today!

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Dr. Shawn Benzinger, D.C., DABCO, FIAMA

Co-Founder, CEO | Dr. Benzinger is a certified Chiropractic Orthopedist, Acupuncturist, and Nutritionist with a passion to help people live healthier, self-sufficient lives. He has served as a national spokesperson and talk show host on areas relating to nutrition, chronic pain, and alternative health care for over 20 years. Dr. Benzinger regularly consults on musculo-skeletal and nutritional management for elite athletes across the country, and he has been working to help educate the Indianapolis community on nutrition and chronic pain for the last 36 years.