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Type 2 Diabetes: Does Kale Juice Lower Blood Sugar?

Becoming more and more of a major health concern, type 2 diabetes has seen an enormous increase in the last few years, with a study back in 2015 revealing that around 30.2 million adults, aged 18 years and older, were living with it.

While the number of people living with it continue to rise, the rate of new and emerging cases has seen a decline from 2008 up until 2015. Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Report, the continues to fall at present. Still, it’s a cause for concern, and it’s something that needs to be noticed more.

Fortunately, serious health complications caused by it can be avoided once treated, and one of the best ways to prevent it from happening in the first place is combining exercise with a healthy and balanced diet. One drink in particular, is proving to be more effective than others.

The Green Juice

The drink in question is kale juice, which is made from kale, a green leafy vegetable packed with nutritional value that even a small serving offers all the mineral and vitamins that can be found in a bigger serving of other vegetables.

As a condition, people who have type 2 diabetes are the ones whose bodies find it hard to control the amount of sugar or glucose in their blood. This is usually caused by either a lack of or the body’s failure to respond to insulin, a hormone made in our pancreas. Insulin allows the body to use glucose for energy, and lack of it significantly increases our blood sugar that could then lead to the development of type 2 diabetes.

Typically, people with this condition are recommended to eat a wide range of fruits and vegetables, although recent studies are showing that certain types of food alone can help lower blood sugar.

One of these studies tested kale juice, revealing that the drink is high in antioxidants and can help lower blood sugar levels and even improve our blood pressure.

Kale can be enjoyed in many ways, but kale juice proves to be the most famous one. This green juice not only makes a nutritious addition to your diet, but it also helps fight against type 2 diabetes.

Kale Pictured: Baby kale is grown at AeroFarms on February 19, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images