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Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2018 Feb 4;2018:4757893. doi: 10.1155/2018/4757893. eCollection 2018.

Honey and Diabetes: The Importance of Natural Simple Sugars in Diet for Preventing and Treating Different Type of Diabetes.

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1
Life Sciences Institute "King Michael I of Romania", University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
2
Faculty of Animal Breeding and Biotechnology, Technology Department, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Abstract

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder with multifactorial and heterogeneous etiologies. Two types of diabetes are common among humans: type 1 diabetes that occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys insulin and type 2 diabetes, the most common form, that may be caused by several factors, the most important being lifestyle, but also may be determined by different genes. Honey was used in folk medicine for a long time, but the health benefits were explained in the last decades, when the scientific world was concerned in testing and thus explaining the benefits of honey. Different studies demonstrate the hypoglycemic effect of honey, but the mechanism of this effect remains unclear. This review presents the experimental studies completed in the recent years, which support honey as a novel antidiabetic agent that might be of potential significance for the management of diabetes and its complications and also highlights the potential impacts and future perspectives on the use of honey as an antidiabetic agent.

PMID:
29507651
PMCID:
PMC5817209
DOI:
10.1155/2018/4757893
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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