An unexpected benefit of the named sugar


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Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis (USA) found that the sugar trehalose has a beneficial effect on the liver and increases insulin sensitivity, reducing the chance of developing diabetes. About it reported in a press release on MedicalXpress.

The results of experiments using mice showed that the addition of trehalose in the drinking water activated in rodents the gene Aloxe3. The disaccharide does not allow glucose to enter the liver, which is equivalent to starvation. This, in turn, leads to the fact that the cells begin to absorb glucose from the blood, reducing its concentration. This allows the body to better use insulin, reducing insulin resistance, which contributes to the development of diabetes of the 2nd type.

In addition, scientists found that trehalose accelerates the burning of calories, increasing body temperature, prevents weight gain, reduces fat in the liver and cholesterol in the blood. The mechanism of action of disaccharide similar to thiazolidinediones — antidiabetic drugs that increase insulin sensitivity.

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