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Ampalaya Supplements for Diabetics

Question: “Is it ok for diabetics to take ampalaya supplements?”

Answer: Although we cannot deny that a lot of our modern medicines today came from plant extracts (like penicillin, digoxin, etc); it is very important to understand how much research it takes before a particular medicine can be recommended to have beneficial effects for people. Before any medicine or supplement can be recommended for treating diabetes, it should be tested several times in the laboratory, and in trials involving both healthy and sick subjects. The substance’s effects, safety, tolerability and toxicity are compared to “placebo” (ordinary coated sugar pill) as well as to medicines that are already approved for use against diabetes. So far, ampalaya supplements available in the market have not been studied extensively to demonstrate their efficacy and safety.

The standard care for diabetes includes: a low-fat, high fiber diet, regular exercise, weight loss when appropriate, and anti-diabetic drugs prescribed by physicians. Noting the high risk diabetics have for developing complications of the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other organs, doctors usually end up prescribing a lot of medications that have been proven to improve survival and lifestyle. Adding ampalaya supplement to the list would increase the daily cost of treatment. Wouldn’t you rather pay for medicines that have been studied for several years, across continents, different races and age groups and have been proven beyond scientific doubt to be effective and safe?

The skeptics might say that doctors are averse to ideas outside modern medicine, but there have been efforts to study the potential of ampalaya. Boiling the fresh shoots and tendrils of the vine (NOT the fleshy vegetable NOR those dried pieces of leaves found in commercial ampalaya capsules) appear to yield a plant form of insulin hormone. However, the extract is much too weak to produce significant lowering effect on blood sugar. The tablet made from the extract during the experiment was so weak that it would take eight tablets to have the equivalent blood sugar lowering effect that one tablet of a commonly prescribed anti-diabetic drug provides.

The scientific community has not ignored the growing epidemic of diabetes worldwide. There are a lot of researches going on in the battle against this lifestyle disease and we will keep our colleagues and patients updated on developments. However, to date, ampalaya supplements are NOT considered as part of the standard treatment or prevention of diabetes, so it is NOT OKAY to take them. Patients should remember that the ampalaya’s usefulness in diabetes is limited to its contribution to dietary fiber intake like most other vegetables, until more research work can be done on its other potential benefits.

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