Study shows multigrain product good for diabetics


Dr Lee (third left) handing over results of the clinical trial to Ong during the press conference. With them are (from left) Lim, Dr Foo, Koay and Choong.

A CLINICAL trial conducted by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) called ‘Efficacy of Multigrain Supplementation in Type II Diabetes Mellitus’ has returned positive results.

Principal investigator Dr Lee Lai Kuan said patients who were prescribed the high beta-glucan Oat King as complementary medicine over a 12-week period showed improved glycated haemoglobin levels.

The research team also noted reductions in patients’ total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total body fat and visceral fat.

“The supplement group showed minimal gastrointestinal side effect and the supplement was well- tolerated following prolonged consumption.

“We also saw enhanced superoxide dismutase levels while concentrations of malondialdehyde and protein carbonyl were reduced significantly,” Dr Lee said in a press conference held at a hotel in George Town, Penang, on Monday.

The 18-month clinical trial ran from Jan 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, at USM’s Advanced Medical and Dental Institute in Kepala Batas.

Oat King’s manufacturers TG Ocean Health Food Industries Sdn Bhd funded the trial that cost RM225,390.

It involved 50 test subjects split into the study group of 25 people who were prescribed two sachets or 3.4g of Oat King alongside standard medication daily, and the control group of 25 who took only standard medication.

The clinical trial was registered with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (ClinicalTrials.gov) under the NCT identifier NCT04597229.

Besides Dr Lee, the USM research team also comprised family medicine specialist Dr Mastura Mohd Sopian, Associate Prof Dr Foo Keng Yuen, biomedical scientist Dr Mohamad Hafizi Abu Bakar and postgraduate candidate Nur Anis Mohd Ariffin.

TG Ocean legal consultant Lim Choo Hooi said the company takes pride in manufacturing products that have been scientifically proven to be free from preservatives, artificial colouring, sugar and flavouring.

They decided to fund the trial to contribute to social development, increase consumer confidence and also support USM’s efforts in such studies.

“TG Ocean’s products have won many awards locally and internationally,” said Lim.

“In 2018, the Health Ministry of Malaysia certified Oat King as a Healthier Choice Food.

“It also has Halal and MesTI certification.

“Recently, Oat King was also tested by the Food Quality Research Unit of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the results show that it has a moderate Glycemic Index value of 56.

“The company continues to uphold the principles of integrity, efficiency and sincerity in its services and will maintain the quality and safety of products to guarantee total consumer satisfaction,” Lim added.

Following the announcement of the clinical trial results, Dr Lee and Dr Foo were reappointed as nutrition and technical consultants respectively for TG Ocean.

USAINS Holding Sdn Bhd managing director Farid Wajidi Mat Yusoff signed the contracts along with TG Ocean managing director Ong Thor Guan, executive director Choong Jin Kooi, administrative director Koay Kai Bin and Lim.

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