Aloe vera reduces your risk of diabetes-induced nephropathy

Researchers from KIET School of Pharmacy and Swami Vivekanand Subharti University in India have found that aloe vera can protect against diabetes-induced nephropathy. In the study, they found that aloe vera reduced lipid alteration, decreasing oxidative stress in the kidneys, and providing kidney protection.

  • Researchers examined the effect of aloe vera, particularly its hypolipidemic and antioxidative effects, on diabetes-induced nephropathy in rats.
  • Diabetes has been shown to induce hyperlipidemia and oxidative stress, which contribute to the onset of diabetic nephropathy.
  • Earlier research shows that 300 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of aloe vera extract has kidney-protective effect in experimental diabetic nephropathy. However, its mechanism is not fully understood.
  • For the study, the researchers induced diabetes in rats by giving them streptozotocin.
  • Diabetes caused renal oxidative stress and altered the lipid profile of rats, which eventually lead to nephropathy in eight weeks.
  • However, the treatment with 300 mg/kg per day of aloe vera was effective against the diabetes-induced nephropathy and renal oxidative stress.
  • Moreover, aloe vera treatment was found to be more effective than lisinopril, a drug used to prevent kidney problems in people with diabetes.
  • The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements.

In conclusion, these findings suggest that aloe vera has kidney-protective effects that can help prevent the development of diabetic nephropathy.

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Journal Reference:

Arora MK, Sarup Y, Tomar R, Singh M, Kumar P. AMELIORATION OF DIABETES-INDUCED DIABETIC NEPHROPATHY BY ALOE VERA: IMPLICATION OF OXIDATIVE STRESS AND HYPERLIPIDEMIA. Journal of Dietary Supplements.05 April 2018; 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/19390211.2018.1449159

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