India is the unhappy world leader in diabetes with the maximum number of diabetics. Yet surprisingly in the desert of Rajasthan, there is a tribe of camel breeders called Raicas who are immune to diabetes, thanks to their daily diet of camel milk.
According to the research conducted at the Diabetes Care and Research Centre, SP Medical College Bikaner, a litre of camel milk contains about 52 units of insulin.
“These units in camel milk are not neutralized by the acidic juices in the stomach, unlike other forms of orally administered insulin,” said Mr RP Agrawal, director, Diabetes Care and Research Centre, Bikaner.
“It has been scientifically proven that gulping down camel milk daily would supplement 60 to 70 per cent of insulin in Type I diabetics.”
The research on the project had begun with the Raica community as the base model. An initial survey revealed zero prevalence among the Raicas in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, while the rest of the tribe members in the same region who do not like camel milk but have similar lifestyles, had five to six per cent prevalence. Camel milk was successfully tested on albino rats clinically induced with diabetes. Later, similar tests were conducted on more than 50 individuals with Type I and Type II diabetes for more than two years, resulting in a drastic fall in their blood sugar levels.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently recognized this unique discovery which could provide an effective relief to scores of diabetics in the country.
Scientists are attributing this trait of camel milk to a unique phytonutrient (derived from plants) present in the camels’ daily diet. But they are yet to isolate this blood sugar fighting agent. Camel milk is also high on minerals and low on cholesterol content, compared to cow’s milk. Source: The Statesman
The key question is not where would you get camel milk daily. You won’t unless you are willing to spend a fortune or live in Rajasthan or any desert. The answer isn’t in adopting a camel as a pet but in isolating the chemical which prevents breakdown of insulin in stomach, which is the major challenge today in creating dietary alternative to insulin injections.