Can Hydrogen-Enriched Water Reduce the Risk of Diabetes?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2020 statistical report, 34.2 million people have diabetes in the United States, and 88 million people ages 18 and older have prediabetes. (1) With diabetes becoming an ever-growing health issue for so many people, it is important that those affected by this incurable disease have access to safe and effective treatments to help regulate symptoms and prevent further health issues. One of these remedies is hydrogen-enriched water.
What Is Diabetes?
“Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.” Normally, your body will break foods down into sugar (or glucose) and release it into your bloodstream. An increase in blood sugar triggers your pancreas to produce and release insulin, which makes it possible for the blood sugar to enter your body’s cells and be used as energy. (2)
If you have diabetes, your body is doing one of two things: not properly using the insulin it makes or not making enough insulin. As a result, your cells stop responding to insulin, and you end up with too much blood sugar in your bloodstream. (2) When you experience high blood sugar, you can experience blurred vision, headaches, shortness of breath, and more. (3) To help your body stay healthy, it is important to regulate your blood sugar levels.
There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to not produce insulin. Those with Type 1 diabetes are required to take insulin daily. Currently, there is no cure and no known way to prevent Type 1 diabetes. (2)
Type 2 diabetes is much more common, affecting roughly 90% to 95% of those diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes typically develops in adults, and it can often be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and losing weight. (2)
Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy, particularly in those who have never had diabetes before. For most people, gestational diabetes goes away after giving birth, but it can increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. (2)
With prediabetes, people may experience an increase in blood sugar but not to the point where it can be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. If you are diagnosed with prediabetes, however, you can make some lifestyle changes to help reverse the condition and prevent it from developing into Type 2 diabetes. (2)
WHAT IS HYDROGEN WATER?
Hydrogen-infused, or hydrogen-enriched water, is water that has hydrogen gas infused into it. This happens via a process called electrolysis. During this process, electrodes shock water to separate the oxygen and hydrogen molecules into gas. The oxygen is released, and the hydrogen gas is added back into the water you drink.
The main reason why you would want to add molecular hydrogen to your drinking water is because this tiny molecule offers a host of health benefits. Scientists have known about the benefits of hydrogen for centuries, although the majority of research has been completed within the last several decades. As a result, we know that hydrogen gas is a powerful antioxidant that targets specific cell-damaging free radicals and can help reduce the effects of oxidative stress that contribute to a variety of illnesses.
If you wish to learn more about molecular hydrogen and what it can do for you, check out this blog post.
How Can Hydrogen Water Help With Diabetes?
There are over 1,000 studies showing how molecular hydrogen can benefit your health, including reducing diabetic side effects and improving glucose levels. These are just a few of the studies that show how hydrogen water can help those who suffer from diabetes:
Hydrogen Water May Help Reduce Diabetic Nephropathy
Diabetic nephropathy is a common complication that can arise from unregulated diabetes. This condition occurs in about 25% of diabetics, and it affects the kidneys’ ability to properly remove waste and extra fluid from the body. (4) A main cause of diabetic nephropathy is hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). This is because hyperglycemia can induce oxidative stress and cause progressive kidney failure. (5)
In a 2021 study, researchers found that hydrogen-enriched water can significantly improve kidney microvascular damage (damage related to the small blood vessels). This indicates that treatment involving hydrogen-enriched water can help reduce complications associated with diabetes, including diabetic nephropathy. (5)
Hydrogen Water May Reduce Glucose Levels
Studies over the decades have found that molecular hydrogen can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. This 2021 study tested the regular consumption of hydrogen-enriched water on rats with streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes. After three weeks of treatment, researchers found that drinking hydrogen-enriched water can help curb the increase of glucose, oxidative stress, inflammation, and total cholesterol. As a result, hydrogen-enriched water may help reduce conditions caused by hyperglycemia, such as spleen, liver, and kidney dysfunction. (5)
Hydrogen Water May Reduce the Risk of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
Another study from 2018 looked at how treatment with a hydrogen-rich medium can affect oxidative stress induced by high glucose levels. The results found that the hydrogen-rich medium inhibited oxidative stress caused by high glucose levels by reducing the production of OH- (hydroxide) and ONOO- (peroxynitrite). (6) This is significant because hydroxide is an oxidative ion, and peroxynitrite can generate reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are highly unstable and harmful free radicals that can contribute to oxidative stress. (7, 8)
Previous studies have found that oxidative stress is a common pathway that can lead to diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve damage in diabetics often caused by high glucose levels. (6, 9) With this information and the results found in the 2018 study, it is possible that treatments with hydrogen-rich mediums (such as hydrogen water) may be able to reduce the severity or possibility of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Hydrogen Water May Act Similar to Insulin
Diabetics either cannot produce insulin, or their bodies don’t use insulin as they should. As a result, diabetics experience high blood sugar levels. Those who have Type 1 diabetes are required to take an insulin supplement to help the body process blood sugar normally. In a study from 2013, researchers found that molecular hydrogen exhibited effects in the body that are similar to the effects of insulin. As a result, molecular hydrogen can be an alternative or additional treatment for those who have Type 1 diabetes. (10)
If you have Type 1 diabetes, be sure to talk with your doctor before changing treatment plans or adding hydrogen water to your treatment routine.
Hydrogen Water May Prevent Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
In a 2008 study, 30 patients with Type 2 diabetes were put into a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study to look at how hydrogen-enriched water could help with glucose intolerance. After an eight-week treatment, results found that drinking hydrogen-enriched water can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance. (11) With information like this, many people can reduce their chances of developing diabetes by adding hydrogen water to their diets in addition to practicing other healthy habits.
A Simple Way to Get Hydrogen Water
Although there is currently no cure for Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, adding Echo™ hydrogen water to your daily health routine may help improve blood glucose levels and ultimately help prevent or reduce the chances of developing diabetes or other conditions related to diabetes.
With the help of Synergy Science™, it’s easy to get access to hydrogen water. With a variety of Echo™ hydrogen water machines to choose from, you can experience the benefits of molecular hydrogen both at home and on the go.