Comparison of the enhancement of plasma glucose levels in type 2 diabetes Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty rats by oral administration of sucrose or maple syrup

J Oleo Sci. 2013;62(9):737-43. doi: 10.5650/jos.62.737.


Maple syrup is used as a premium natural sweeter, and is known for being good for human health. In the present study, we investigate whether maple syrup is suitable as a sweetener in the management of type 2 diabetes using Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats, a model of type 2 diabetes mellitus. OLETF rats develop type 2 diabetes mellitus by 30 weeks of age, and 60-week-old OLETF rats show hyperglycemia and hypoinsulinemia via pancreatic β-cell dysfunction. The administration of sucrose or maple syrup following an OGT test increased plasma glucose (PG) levels in OLETF rats, but the enhancement in PG following the oral administration of maple syrup was lower than in the case of sucrose administration in both 30- and 60-week-old OLETF rats. Although, the insulin levels in 30-week-old OLETF rats also increased following the oral administration of sucrose or maple syrup, no increase in insulin levels was seen in 60-week-old OLETF rats following the oral administration of either sucrose or maple syrup. No significant differences were observed in insulin levels between sucrose- and maple syrup-administered OLETF rats at either 30 or 60 weeks of age. The present study strongly suggests that the maple syrup may have a lower glycemic index than sucrose, which may help in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Acer*
  • Administration, Oral
  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control
  • Dietary Sucrose / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Sucrose / pharmacology*
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Glycemic Index / drug effects*
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Male
  • Nutritive Sweeteners / administration & dosage
  • Nutritive Sweeteners / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred OLETF


  • Blood Glucose
  • Dietary Sucrose
  • Insulin
  • Nutritive Sweeteners