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Aloe Vera, Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes

Many of the health benefits associated with Aloe Vera have been attributed to the polysaccharides contained in the gel of the leaves. These benefits include:

  • promotion of wound healing,
  • anti-fungal activity,
  • hypoglycemic or antidiabetic effects
  • anti-inflammatory effects,
  • anti-cancer effects,
  • immunomodulatory effects, and
  • gastroprotective properties

To that list, we can now add an anti-obesity effect.

According to this study, an aloe vera supplement was able to:

  • lower blood sugar levels
  • lower insulin levels
  • suppress levels of obesity-induced inflammation found in adipose tissue and the liver, and
  • increase levels of anti-inflammatory cytokines in adipose tissue and the liver

As a result, the researchers are all atwitter about the potential use of Aloe Vera as a treatment for Type 2 Diabetes and obesity related inflammation.





Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.


  1. Health Info

    January 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Great article, I know a lot of people with diabetes and once the baby boomers hit that age of 50+ the prevalence of diabetes is going to sky rocket.

  2. Alex Cortez

    October 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Great information. My wife had diabetes during her pregnancy and controlling everything she ate was the perfect solution. Now, the baby an her are completely healthy. Thanks god. Should pregnant take aloe vera without medical consent?

  3. Myles

    May 30, 2011 at 5:10 am

    I’ve always wondered how safe aloe vera is a food supplement. There’s a link in Wikipedia that says it can be toxic, yet presumably many people have been taking it without ill effects.

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  5. Ab Doer Twist

    May 8, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I had heard about aloe vera juice as a cancer prevention technique from a doctor. The doctor said that he had seen it help patients who were in remission prevent cancer from coming back. I know he couldn’t possibly know that this was the reason why, but I was curious if anyone knows anything about this because my cousin’s girlfriend has had cancer in the past and is in remission at the time being. I just wanted to know if anyone had used the juice and had positive results.

  6. Jenn Brigole

    April 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Huh. I, too, didn’t know aloe vera are considered in today’s use for weight management. I only know this for hair maintenance. Good to know about this and will definitely keep a look out for more information about its health benefits.

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    April 28, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Aloe vera also may interact with anti-diabetic medications and cause an increased risk of hypoglycemia, otherwise known as dangerously low blood sugar levels. Aloe vera and diabetes medications should be used cautiously. …

  8. Adam

    April 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Aloe vera is also effective in hair and scalp problems like dandruff and hair fall. It provides optimum nutrition to the scalp and maintains its health.
    It is a natural moisturizer that maintains the moisture balance of skin and keeps it soft & supple.I keep using aloe vera.

  9. ChuckC

    April 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I think I may have to send this article to a family member…do you know if this drug or a similar one may be tested by humans. Good information!

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    April 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I agree with peter … more testing is needed until we get definite results

  11. Peter [email protected] Fitness

    April 21, 2011 at 11:34 am

    If you are a mouse this is good news. If you are human I suggest you wait for the results of more trials.

    • Ernest @ weight loss drops

      April 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Peter,

      What do you mean? Have you tried it already? I was really curious with this. I have tried slimming fads and some took effect but not the results that I was expecting.

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    April 21, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for posting a great article on aloe vera and its benefits for diabetes, obesity. My one relative has been recently diagnosed with diabetes. Thanks for timely aricle.

  14. Ernest @ weight loss drops

    April 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Wow! This is really a good to know information. I didn’t know that. But Do you have any idea where to find supplements that has aloe vera on them?

    • Ditta

      June 12, 2011 at 2:07 am

      Hi Earnest

      There are many places that you can buy aloe products from; high street stores, online or from network marketing companies.

      Just somethings to look out for. The main ingredient should be aloe barbadensis- this is the most superior plant. Many products have only a little aloe in them for look or ask what the main ingredient is, if it is aqua,then it is unlikely that there is much benefit from the aloe.

      Be careful also with the stabalisers, because the good qualities can be destroyed by chemical and heat processes. Aloe is a bit like a banana in that once it is exposed to the air it will go off; so look for products that claim a patented stabalising process and one that is preperaed to put their money where their mouth is and offer a full refund if it doesn’t work for you. (even if you have used it all up!)

      Another thing to look out for is what is used in the product. It is the gel inside the plant that has the benefits, not the leaf becuase the leaf has the toxins. So anything that says ‘whole leaf’ is probably not great

      Hope this helps – Dougs advice is great – I really look forward to reading his articles particularly about aloe as I love the stuff.

      Al the best


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