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Friday, July 15, 2016

This Common Plant Could Be Used As A Treatment For Diabetes

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by Brianna Acuesta
True Activist

This common plant could be used in the future as an alternative treatment for diabetes.

Researchers are now saying that aloe vera, a common plant that many people keep in their backyard, should be investigated further for its effectiveness in treating diabetes.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition in which the body cannot produce any or enough insulin, causing blood sugar levels to be so high that they can damage other organs and tissue. Nearly 10% of people in the U.S. suffer from diabetes and 382 million people worldwide live with the disease, making it a force to be reckoned with.

Analysis of aloe vera as an alternative treatment was done by researchers at the David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base and was published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

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Aloe vera already has many uses for consumers looking to treat conditions in a nontraditional way. The plant is used as a skin application to treat seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis vulgaris, and genital herpes, and orally as a laxative. Aloe vera components used for treatments either contain the green rind of the leaves, the inner gel, or both.
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