Diabetes, which arises from our body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin and/or is unable to use insulin properly resulting in elevated blood sugar levels, is a serious disease that is reaching epidemic proportions in every countries.  What’s even more concerning is that the rates of children being diagnosed with diabetes is on the rise as well.
Sadly, the implications of becoming a diabetic are quite severe:

• diabetics are 3 times more likely to die from heart disease or stroke
• 75 percent of diabetics have high blood pressure
• diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults
• diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure
• diabetes dramatically increases the risk of developing cancer
• the vast majority of diabetics will develop some sort of nervous system impairment, from loss of feeling in their feet to erectile dysfunction
• diabetes is the leading reason for limb amputations

But here’s the good news. Type 2 diabetes (which is the far more common type) is largely preventable, and there are powerful anti-oxidant to prevent, combat, and even in some cases, reverse the progression of the disease : molecular hydrogen.

Benefits of H2 for Diabetes

A growing body of research has demonstrated a significant correlation between diabetes and oxidative stress. The metabolic abnormalities resulting from diabetes activate the overproduction of superoxide, a free radical found in the mitochondria (the “power house” or energy supply within cells) of the cells lining our blood vessels. Such metabolic abnormalities can promote chronic inflammation and the production of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs), complications that have the power to not only initiate premature aging, but further exacerbate the progression of chronic disease. AGEs form when proteins or lipids (fats) combine with sugar (process known as glycation). This affects the normal function of cells, making them more susceptible to damage and premature aging. Below is a list of the numerous benefits you will experience by simply incorporating molecular hydrogen water (H2) into your daily regimen.

“Oxidative stress is widely recognized as being associated with a number of diseases, including type 2 diabetes. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on patients with either type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, treatment with H2 rich water was associated with significant improvements in lipid and glucose metabolism, suggesting that hydrogen-rich water may have a beneficial role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance.”

Research & Studies 

Hydrogen improves glycemic control in type1 diabetic animal model by promoting glucose uptake into skeletal muscle. 

“Our study demonstrates that H(2) exerts metabolic effects similar to those of insulin and may be a novel therapeutic alternative to insulin in type 1 diabetes mellitus that can be administered orally.” 

Amitani, H., Asakawa, A., Cheng, K., Amitani, M., Kaimoto, K., Nakano, M., . . . Inui, A. (2013). Hydrogen improves glycemic control in type1 diabetic animal model by promoting glucose uptake into skeletal muscle. PLOS ONE, 8(4), 1-14. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053913

The evolution of molecular hydrogen:  A noteworthy potential therapy with clinical significance 

“There have been quite a few studies involving molecular hydrogen directly as a treatment for the various conditions and secondary complications that comprise or are caused by diabetes mellitus. The studies indicate that hydrogen maybe a novel therapy to diabetic complications and have a possible therapeutic role in diabetes mellitus itself.” 

Dixon, B. J., Tang, J., & Zhang, J. H. (2013). The evolution of molecular hydrogen: A noteworthy potential therapy with clinical significance. Medical Gas Research, 3(10), 1-12. doi: 10.1186/2045-9912-3-10

Hydrogen-rich saline prevents early neurovascular dysfunction resulting from inhibition of oxidative stress in STZ-diabetic rats 

“Based on its inhibition of oxidative stress and up-regulation of anti-oxidative enzymes, we conclude that hydrogen-rich saline is a potentially valuable therapeutic modality for the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy.”

Feng, Y., Wang, R., Xu, J., Sun, J., Xu, T., Gu, Q., & Wu, X. (2012). Hydrogen-rich saline prevents early neurovascular dysfunction resulting from inhibition of oxidative stress in STZ-diabetic rats. Current Eye Research, 38(3), 396-404. doi: 10.3109/02713683.2012.748919

Dr. Elen talks about the posiitive effect of molecular hydrogen for diabetes.

Kajiyama, S., Hasegawa, G., Asano, M., Hosoda, H., Fukui, M., Nakamura, N., . . . Yoshikawa, T. (2008). Supplementation of hydrogen-rich water improves lipid and glucose metabolism in patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance. Nutrition Research, 28(3), 137-143. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2008.01.008

Amitani, H., Asakawa, A., Cheng, K., Amitani, M., Kaimoto, K., Nakano, M., . . . Inui, A. (2013). Hydrogen improves glycemic control in type1 diabetic animal model by promoting glucose uptake into skeletal muscle. PLOS ONE, 8(1), 1-14. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053913

Li, Y., Hamasaki, T., Nakamichi, N., Kashiwagi, T., Komatsu, T., Ye, J., . . . Shirahata, S. (2010). Suppressive effects of electrolyzed reduced water on alloxan-induced apoptosis and type 1 diabetes mellitus. Cytotechnology, 63(2), 119-131. doi: 10.1007/s10616-010-9317-6

Kamimura, N., Nishimaki, K., Ohsawa, I., & Ohta, S. (2011). Molecular hydrogen improves obesity and diabetes by inducing hepatic FGF21 and stimulating energy metabolism in db/db mice. Obesity, 19(7), 1396-1403. doi: 10.1038/oby.2011.6​