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Research from China reveals that pumpkin could help to prevent the progressive damage of insulin-producing (beta) cells and boost levels of insulin in the blood.

Scientists at the East China Normal University found that rats with diabetes who were fed pumpkin extract had only 5 per cent less plasma insulin and 8 per cent fewer beta cells, compared to normal healthy rats. “The results of this study are interesting," said Caroline Butler, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

"However, much more research needs to be done to determine if the results found in rats would be replicated in humans.

"Diabetes UK welcomes any research which could lead to more and improved treatments for people with diabetes. We welcome further investigation and look forward to further results.”

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