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Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. One of the major complications of diabetes is osteoporosis, a condition characterized by decreased bone density and increased risk of fractures. A recent study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine has found that hydrogen water may be a promising treatment strategy for preserving bone tissue in diabetic rats.
The study, led by Jialiang Guo and colleagues, aimed to investigate the effects of hydrogen-rich saline on bone loss in diabetic rats induced by streptozotocin. The rats were divided into three groups: a normal control group, a diabetic group, and a diabetic group treated with hydrogen-rich saline water.
After 12 weeks, the researchers found that the glucose levels were significantly decreased in the diabetic group treated with hydrogen-rich saline compared to the diabetic group. They also found that the diabetic group treated with hydrogen-rich saline had increased bone volume, connectivity density, trabecular thickness, and trabecular number in the tibia and femur compared to the diabetic group. Additionally, the mechanical strength of the bones in the diabetic group treated with hydrogen-rich saline was significantly higher than in the other groups.
These results suggest that hydrogen-rich saline water may be a safe and effective treatment strategy for preserving bone tissue and decreasing the risk of fractures in diabetic rats. The researchers believe that hydrogen-rich saline water may work by decreasing oxidative stress and reducing the production of reactive oxygen species, which are known to contribute to bone loss in diabetes.
While more research is needed to confirm the findings of this study and to investigate the potential benefits of hydrogen water in human patients with diabetes, the results are encouraging. Hydrogen water, also known as molecular hydrogen water or H2 water, is a relatively new and promising treatment strategy for various diseases, including osteoporosis. If you are interested in trying hydrogen water, talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you.
Guo, J., et al., Hydrogen-rich saline prevents bone loss in diabetic rats induced by streptozotocin. Int Orthop, 2017. 41(10): p. 2119-2128.