Can Hydrogen Water Reduce the Risk of Diabetes?
Over 34.2 million people live with diabetes in the United States. With over 10% of the population living with this disease and no cure, many people are looking for natural ways to aid with diabetes. In this article, we will explore a very effective and natural supplement for diabetes: hydrogen water.
ABOUT 1 IN 10 PEOPLE IN THE US HAVE DIABETES
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 34.2 million people live with diabetes in the United States. That’s over 10% of the country’s population (1). Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood’s glucose is too high. This occurs when your pancreas fails to create enough insulin, the hormone responsible for helping the glucose from food enter into your cells (2). In this article, we will explore the positive effects of hydrogen water for those who suffer from diabetes.
WHAT IS HYDROGEN WATER?
Before we can talk about how hydrogen water helps those with diabetes, we first must understand what hydrogen water is. Simply put, hydrogen water is hydrogen gas dissolved into water with no pH change. Hydrogen is a selective antioxidant that works to relieve oxidative stress and improve the body’s natural functions.
HYDROGEN-RICH WATER REDUCES BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS
In a study done on 60 people (30 men and 30 women), researchers studied the effects that hydrogen-rich water has on individuals with metabolic syndrome. Researchers administered either hydrogen-rich water or a placebo to participants over a 24-week period. After the 24 weeks, researchers observed that the participants who took the hydrogen-rich water showed “significantly reduced blood cholesterol and glucose levels, attenuated serum hemoglobin A1c, and improved biomarkers of inflammation and redox homeostasis as compared to placebo.” In short, drinking hydrogen-rich water for long periods of time can help to lower your blood glucose levels, thus helping to reduce the risk of diabetes (3).
HYDROGEN IMPROVES GLYCEMIC CONTROL
Type 1 diabetes is “when your immune system attacks insulin producing cells and completely stops producing insulin.” People with type 1 diabetes require insulin to control their blood glucose levels (4).
Glycemic control is the act of controlling one’s glucose levels. In most diabetic patients, this means a balancing act between glucose and insulin injections. In a study done on mice with type 1 diabetes, researchers found that oral administration of hydrogen improved glycemic control. They went on to find that “H2 exerts metabolic effects similar to those of insulin” (5).
SUPPLEMENTING HYDROGEN WATER FOR PEOPLE WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES
Type 2 diabetes is when your body either resists the effects of insulin or your body does not create enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes is most commonly found in individuals who suffer from obesity (6).
In a study done on individuals with type 2 diabetes, researchers studied the effects that hydrogen water has on lipid and glucose metabolism. After studying the effects of hydrogen-rich water on oxidative stress, researchers performed a double-blind study for eight weeks where half the patients received hydrogen-rich water and the other half received a placebo. Results showed that those who drank the hydrogen-rich water showed decreased levels of free fatty acids and modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL). In conclusion, supplementing hydrogen-rich water may be beneficial in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance (7).
HYDROGEN WATER IMPROVES DIABETES-RELATED MARKERS
Studies have found that there are certain DNA markers that indicate who might be at a higher risk for developing diabetes. In a study done on several individuals with diabetes-related markers, researchers found that “hydrogen-rich water … may be effective in improving diverse diabetes-related markers and in improving diverse diabetes-related markers and systemic DNA oxidative injuries…” In this study, individuals drank 1500 mL of hydrogen-rich water every day for eight weeks. The hydrogen-water had 1.55 mg/L of dissolved hydrogen, nearly three times the needed therapeutic amount (8).
While there is not currently a cure for those who suffer from type 1 or type 2 diabetes, drinking hydrogen water can help to improve blood glucose levels and help prevent insulin resistance. Drinking hydrogen may help to reduce your risk of diabetes.
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