Supplementation of molecular hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.
It is well established that molecular hydrogen (water) has a selective oxidation/free radical reducing action.
Oxidative stress is recognized widely as being associated with various disorders including diabetes, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.
We therefore investigated the effects of molecular hydrogen-rich water intake on lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with either type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).
We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study in 30 diabetes patients with T2DM controlled by diet and exercise therapy and 6 patients with IGT.
The diabetes patients consumed either 900 mL/d ofmolecular hydrogen-rich pure water or 900 mL of placebo pure water for 8 weeks, with a 12-week washout period. Several biomarkers of oxidative stress, insulin resistance, and glucose metabolism, assessed by an oral glucose tolerance test, were evaluated at baseline and at 8 weeks.
Intake of molecular hydrogen-rich water was associated with significant decreases in the levels of modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (ie, modifications that increase the net negative charge of LDL), small dense LDL, and urinary 8-isoprostanes by 15.5% (P < .01), 5.7% (P < .05), and 6.6% (P < .05), respectively.
Molecular hydrogen-rich water intake was also associated with a trend of decreased serum concentrations of oxidized LDL and free fatty acids, and increased plasma levels of adiponectin and extracellular-superoxide dismutase. In 4 of 6 patients with IGT, intake of molecular hydrogen-rich water normalized the oral glucose tolerance test.
In conclusion, these results suggest that supplementation with molecular hydrogen-rich water may have a beneficial role in prevention of T2DM and insulin resistance.
Metabolic syndrome is a strong risk factor of stroke. It has been reported that molecular hydrogen H2 therapy can improve metabolic syndrome in basic and clinical settings.(24–27) molecular hydrogen H2 therapy may reduce stroke in patients with metabolic syndrome involving diabetes mellitus.
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