Shilajit Effectiveness for Diabetes
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of diabetics has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. This increase is not in a linear correlation with population increase rate as the percentage of diabetics has increased from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014 which is almost a double. This is very alarming as the WHO estimated that diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in 2016. It can also result in organs damage and other consequences.
WHO also suggests that type-2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by regular exercise, maintaining healthy weight, eating healthy diet and avoiding tobacco. In addition to following this general advice, Ayurveda along with few new studies suggest that Shilajit might be an excellent option to prevent, reduce and maybe treat diabetes.
In ancient Ayurveda, Shilajit is known to be an adaptongenic herb or what is so called RASAYAN. This means that it has the ability to revert unhealthy conditions to healthy. However, in this article, we are not relying only on traditional Ayurveda as scientific studies proved this effect of Shilajit.
In one study (1), three different doses of shilajit produced a significant reduction in blood glucose levels and also produced beneficial effects on the lipid profile. Moreover, combining shilajit with glibenclamide or metformin (diabetic medications) was able to enhance the glucose-lowering function and improve lipid profile than any of these drugs given alone. More interestingly, the hypoglycemic effect of Shilajit, at a certain dose, was significantly higher than that of metformin. In addition to lowering blood glucose, it was effective in improving lipid profile. This study concluded that Shilajit could be a promising supplement for diabetes either by itself or combined with clinical medications. However, we always suggest consulting with your doctor before choosing Shilajit as a remedy for any disease.
One major issue with diabetes is the oxidative stress which is a metabolic disorder. Oxidative stress in diabetes damages organs, including the ß-cells of the islets of Langerhans (groups of pancreatic cells secreting insulin and glucagon). Another study (2) tested the effect of consuming Shilajit on oxidative stress of 61 diabetic patients who were on unchanged dosages of glibenclamide. After consuming 500 mg of Shilajit twice a day for 30 days, the malondialdehyde (oxidative stress marker) was significantly reduced compared to pretreatment values. Moreover, catalase (enzyme that protects cells from oxidative stress damage) was increased significantly after taking Shilajit. This study concludes that Shilajit might be valuable as a supplement that can modulate diabetes status and/or prevent its complications.
A third study (3), mentioned something even more surprising. Gupta et al suggested that the number of cells in pancreas can be increasing with long Shilajit treatment. This effect is knows as pancreatotrophic action. This action might be effective in increasing the sensitivity of pancreatic cells which prompts the secretion of insulin when blood glucose increases.
These three studies can give diabetics the hope of a better health using an ancient natural remedy from the Himalayas mountains.
Before taking Shilajit for diabetes, consult with your doctor.
(1) Effect of shilajit on blood glucose and lipid profile in alloxan-induced diabetic rats
(2) Modulation of Oxidative and Antioxidative Status in Diabetes by Asphaltum Panjabinum
(3) Experimental studies on pituitary diabetes. Effects of Shilajit