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Fri Aug 15 16:12:40 UTC 2014

have heard from a lot that using drenched olive tree leaves could replace using insulin. Is that true?
Asked By: neda  
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2014-10-01 15:29:13.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Olive plant leaves have been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat diabetes in New Zealand. A randomized controlled double-blind crossover 12-week trial in New Zealand found that olive leaf extract capsules significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreatic ß-cell responsiveness in 46 middle-aged overweight men. The only adverse event reported was a flare up of acne.

Researchers stated that the olive plant leave supplementation in their study population is comparable to taking metformin. The 2013 ADA Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes recommends metformin (along with diet and exercise) in the initial treatment of diabetes.

The short study did not indicate that the olive plant leaves would replace insulin. Would people with diabetes who could not tolerate metformin be able to tolerate olive plant leaves? Without further studies on its benefits and safety among large numbers of subjects, it is too soon to tell.

Here is the full research article on olive plant leaves.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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