125.0 ± 23.4

123.9 ± 28.4

Results and Discussion

The results of the study are as follows:

There was no significant difference in the characteristics of the patients at enrolment and after 4 months of observation (Table 4.1). This indicates that any change obtained after intervention may be attributed to the inclusion of Spirulina.

Data from the current study clearly shows a steady and substantial improvement in the glycemic status of patients supplemented with Spirulina at 2 g/day level for a period of 4 months. Significant reductions not only in the fasting but also in the 2-h postprandial blood glucose levels were noticed after 2 months as well as after

4 months of intervention (Table 4.2).

Concomitant to the decrease in fasting and postprandial hyperglycemia, Spirulina supplementation resulted in a significant decrease in the HbA1c (glycated hemoglobin) levels, which is an integrated index of blood sugar levels over past 2-3 months (Table 4.2). And it may also be indicative of a reduced risk for the development of coronary heart disease (CHD), which has been demonstrated in the Kumamoto Study and the United Kingdom prospective diabetes study (UKPDS).4,5

Improvement in the glycemic control as observed in this study is in accordance with the earlier observations on supplementation with Spirulina in patients with diabetes.1,6,7 Various theories validating this hypoglycemic potential of Spirulina have been proposed. One such theory attributes this effect to its fiber content. Well-executed clinical intervention trials have established a strong association between intake of fiber and blood glucose lowering.8-20 Viscosity of fiber has been proposed

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