Is Royal Rania Sidr and Sumar honey suitable for diabetics?
This is a common question that many have asked. Please clarify with your gp on the points below if in doubt. I have summed up a medical journal article on the use of Sidr honey as a sugar substitute in the article below (Bahrami M1, 2009).
There are 2 types of diabetes.
Type 1:insulin does not get produced by the body at all
Type 2:not enough insulin is produced or cells resist insulin that is produced by the body.
Diabetes management is either
Type 1:insulin injections which gets glucose into your cells and maintain your glucose levels.
Type 2:prescription of glucose lowering drugs.
Cause of diabetes is the pancreas not working to produce or utilise insulin. The carbs you eat in the form of sugar and starches is not allocated appropriately by your body leading to disposal in urine.
Here are some signs that you might have diabetes:
Numbness or poor circulation in the feet or eye diseases.
Usually your GP or doctor will say stay away from honey, but research has shown in the article appended below that it is a better alternative to regular sugar or aspartame or saccharin which is the sugar substitutes you usually find in diet colas.
"The results of this study demonstrate that 8-week consumption of honey can provide beneficial effects on body weight and blood lipids of diabetic patients. However, since an increase in the haemoglobin A(1C) levels was observed, cautious consumption of this food by diabetic patients is recommended."(Bahrami M1, 2009).
There are many GPs who will also encourage honey as a substitute sweetener for diabetics but they will tell you to use common sense. Plan a proper diet. Eat everything in moderation!
Bahrami M1, A.-J. A. (2009, nov). Effects of natural honey consumption in diabetic patients: an 8-week randomized clinical trial. Retrieved from US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Sciences: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19817641