Researchers Discover Novel Way Of Using Red Light To Regulate Blood Glucose Levels

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A novel approach for managing diabetes without injections or drugs has been proposed by researchers in London. Researchers found that applying 670 nanometers of red light to the skin boosts energy production within mitochondria, which are essential for cell function. This process aids in lowering blood sugar levels, as mitochondria break down sugar to generate cellular energy.

Red light triggers increased ATP production

In the study conducted by Dr. Michael Powner and his team at City University London, it was found that exposure to red light increased mitochondrial function, resulting in a 27.7% decrease in blood glucose levels. Moreover, it also reduced maximum glucose spiking by 7.5%. This research suggests that light influences mitochondrial activity, impacting cellular and physiological processes. Dr. Powner highlights the potential of a brief, 15-minute exposure to red light in lowering blood sugar levels post-meal.

Research indicates that light wavelengths ranging from 650 to 900 nanometers, including visible to near-infrared light, can boost mitochondrial energy production, necessitating more oxygen and glucose for generating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules. This heightened ATP production triggers signaling alterations throughout the body, potentially enhancing overall health and longevity.

The use of radiation light, such as in cancer radiation treatment, has shown effectiveness in medical applications. For instance, radiation therapy for cancer can shrink tumors, affecting secondary tumors elsewhere in the body.

Red light impacts blood glucose levels

In the recent study, 30 healthy individuals were divided into two groups: one exposed to 670-nanometer red light for 15 minutes and a placebo group subjected to no light. These participants had no metabolic conditions or medication intake.

Volunteers underwent an oral glucose tolerance test, monitoring blood sugar levels every 15 minutes for two hours. Exposure to red light prior to glucose consumption resulted in reduced peak blood glucose levels and overall blood glucose levels.

Dr. Powner suggests these findings may benefit individuals with diabetes by minimizing blood sugar spikes post-meal. The study also suggests that brief red-light therapy could counteract the effects of blue light emitted by electronic devices, which can impair cellular energy production.

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