Grapefruit 'can help to treat diabetes'... Antioxidant found in the fruit has same benefits as two separate drugs

Eating grapefruit could help treat diabetes, a study has found.

Naringenin, an antioxidant which gives grapefruit its bitter taste, can do the same job as two separate drugs currently used to manage Type 2 diabetes, scientists said. Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce enough of the hormone insulin to properly regulate blood-sugar levels.

Naringenin helps to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin. It also helps sufferers maintain a healthy weight, which is a vital part of diabetes treatment. Following a meal the blood is flushed with sugars, causing the liver to create fatty acids, or lipids, for long-term storage. Weight gain puts diabetics at risk of health problems and reduces the effectiveness of insulin.

Source - Daily Mail