RENOWNED Jamaican scientist Dr Henry Lowe last Friday had a soft launch of his newest nutraceutical -- a diabetes formula that, he says, will be beneficial in enhancing the health of people with Type-2 diabetes.
The launch was held during the University Diabetes Outreach Programme's 19th International Diabetes Conference at the Jamaica Grande Hotel in Ocho Rios.
The conference was staged by the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology Jamaica.
A day before the launch, Lowe was beaming with pride, given that the introduction of the formula represents his making good on a promise made at the 18th staging of the conference where he also received the Philip Sherlock Award for excellence in work done on diabetes research.
Though Lowe's main research interest is in cancer and HIV, he noted that he has been intimately involved in research on other chronic diseases such as diabetes.
The diabetes formula, Dr Lowe explained, contains ingredients such as bitter melon, Hook plant, Siberian ginseng, along with essential minerals and vitamins that are ideal for managing the disease which afflicts approximately 20 per cent of Jamaicans over 15 years old.
He pointed out that the disease also has a taxing impact on Jamaica's health care system, with data in the past showing that it is responsible for half of the non-traumatic leg and foot amputations. He also noted that a quarter of Jamaica's dialysis patients have diabetes.
Friday's soft launch followed a presentation on the antidiabetic properties of the new formula by Dr Ngeh Toyang, a member of the research team from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Toyang's presentation highlighted efficacy and toxicity studies done on the formula in support of its use as a supplement for diabetics. The research and development was conducted by Dr Lowe, Dr Joseph Bryant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as the team at Bio-Tech R&D Institute in Kingston, of which Lowe is executive chairman.
The diabetes formula is one of nine nutraceutical supplements produced by Bio-Tech R& D Institute under the Eden Gardens Nutraceuticals Brand and is the follow-up to a book -- Caribbean Herbs for Diabetes Management: Fact or Fiction? -- unveiled at last year's International Diabetes Conference.
Dr Lowe pointed out that with monitoring and medical support of a physician, taking prescribed medication regularly and on time, having a healthy diet and exercising regularly, a person with diabetes can live a very long and healthy life.