Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from the body's inability to produce and/or use insulin.
Among different types of diabetes, type II diabetes is the most common. This work studied the causes and effects of Thasus gigas
on the population of
Actopan, Hidalgo regarding its ingestion and utility in the treatment of type II diabetes.
Material and Methods:
An exploratory study was carried out based on a survey conducted among the residents of Actopan, Hidalgo suffering from
diabetes mellitus (type II). In order to investigate the effect of the ingestion of insects “xohues” or “shamues”, a study was conducted on 100 adults
among the population of Actopan, Hidalgo in order to get information on Thasus gigas
consumption. The study was designed to identify the
relationships between its usage, effects on human health, the reasons for its consumption by the Actopan community; either for cultural matters or as
an alternative treatment to manage type II diabetes.
Of the 100 persons surveyed, 39 were diabetic, 29 made medical outpatient visits. Among these, 21 had eaten Xamues to manage their
diabetes while 21.5% replaced their medical treatment with Xamues. Of the 53% of the people who ingested Xamues as an alternative for their
disease, 13% abandoned their medical treatment while 33% consumed them for alimentary culture.
People who have stopped attending medical checkups are at risk, because there is no evidence that ingestion of these insects can regulate
blood glucose levels.