Washington: A new study has indicated that adding the amino acid ‘leucine’ to the diet may help people combat pre-diabetes condition and metabolic syndrome. Researchers from Joslin Diabetes Center conducted a test on mice, wherein, the creatures were put on a high-fat diet and were given twice the usual intake of leucine, an amino acid found in protein. The results showed reductions in their pre-diabetic conditions and lower blood sugars, with less fat in the livers.
“Their glucose tolerance tests improved. Their bodies responded to insulin better than they would have before they got the leucine. It improved their ability to metabolize sugar and fats. It markedly improved their pre-diabetic condition. Their metabolic syndrome also improved,” said Kahn. “We found that adding just this one amino acid to the diet changed the metabolism in a lot of different pathways. It had effects that improved insulin sensitivity, improved their ability to metabolize sugar and fats and their overall metabolism improved,” he added. The study has been published in the journal PloS One. ANI
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