Resveratrol and Diabetes: What’s the Connection?
April is Defeat Diabetes Month, which invites a question. Can this dangerous, degenerative
condition be defeated naturally? Well, it can certainly be managed with diet and exercise, and
even reversed with the right nutritional program, according to Julian Whittaker, M.D., author
of “Reversing Diabetes.”
If you’re interested in preventing─and even reversing─type 2 diabetes, you should know about
resveratrol, a natural polyphenol found in red wine and supplements. One study found that
resveratrol helps alleviate diabetes-induced cardiovascular disease. Resveratrol also protects
against oxidative stress, and improves glucose and insulin metabolism.1
This natural compound even promotes healthy weight loss, in part by helping to balance blood
sugar levels in overweight subjects. As such, resveratol is emerging as “a promising natural
means to prevent and treat both obesity and
How does resveratrol decrease blood glucose in subjects with dangerously elevated levels?
This effect seems to be due in part to better glucose transport and reduced insulin secretion,
which favorably affects weight loss as well.3
Experts like Dr. Whittaker have long contended that diabetes can be reversed by losing weight,
which resveratrol can help. High-quality supplements─which deliver far greater resveratrol
potencies than wine in moderation can offer─are cost effective, efficient, and calorie smart.
1 J Bioenerg Biomembr. 2012 Mar 22. [Epub ahead of print]
2 Eur J Pharmacol. 2010 Jun 10;635(1-3):1-8. Epub 2010 Mar 19.
3 Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Jan;1215:34-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05844.x.