Scientists from Delta State University in Abraka, Nigeria, are pointing to a common vegetable that can lower high blood sugar levels by 50 per cent. They speak of onions having a ‘potential use’ in treating patients with diabetes. People with Type 2 diabetes are not able to produce sufficient insulin from their pancreas to regulate blood sugar, which means that their blood sugar can reach dangerously high levels.
Now, findings presented at The Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego on Thursday revealed that the extract of an onion bulb can “strongly lower” high blood sugar and total cholesterol levels when given alongside antidiabetic drug metformin.
Lead study author Anthony Ojieh of Delta State University in Abraka, Nigeria, said: “Onion is cheap and available and has been used as a nutritional supplement. It has the potential for use in treating patients with diabetes.”