What Happens When A Diabetic Eats Honey
When you have honey because its glycemic index is not as high as other sweeteners, it takes less insulin and does not cause blood sugar levels to rise as fast. Also, honey has glucose and fructose in equal quantities, allowing easier absorption into the liver. This means less glucose enters the bloodstream, resulting in less elevated plasma glucose levels, something that’s crucial if you are diabetic.
A study by Al-Waili showed that while the initial spike in blood sugar levels at the 30-minute marker was higher for honey than for glucose, the blood sugar levels after that dropped below sucrose and steadily remained lower post that.
Another study of type 2 diabetes patients investigated the impact of natural honey consumption over a two-month window. Researchers found that those who had honey versus those who did not showed no significant difference in levels of fasting blood sugar. In fact, in those who consumed honey, body weight and harmful LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels as well as triglycerides went down. This beneficial effect on lipid levels and total cholesterol led them to conclude that honey consumption could be good for diabetics.
However, the study also recommended “cautious consumption” by diabetics because of the rise in hemoglobin A(1C) levels that was noted. As such, diabetics who were otherwise in control of their condition and on anti-diabetics medication could consume small quantities of honey to replace sugar.
For those who are otherwise managing their diabetes well through diet, exercise, and medication, honey may be a viable replacement for sugar. Whether additional consumption of honey is actually a good idea remains to be seen as more research is underway in this area.
Ayurvedic Use Of Honey In Diabetics
Ayurveda doesn’t just allow honey consumption in small quantities, it actually puts honey in medications and treatments for diabetes. Ayurveda further classifies honey into multiple types. Of these, kshoudram, pauthikam, and daalam are used to treat diabetes. Old bee’s honey is used in Ayurveda for this treatment, with scientific research supporting the use of Apis mellifera, the kind seen as the best.
While honey, in small quantities or as a substitute for sugar, undoubtedly has benefits even for those with diabetes, it is best to consult your doctor before you begin consumption of any honey-based remedies or before you decide to sweeten your morning coffee.