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Caspian J Intern Med 2020, 11(1): 12-20 Back to browse issues page
Evaluating the effect of a herb on the control of blood glucose and insulin-resistance in patients with advanced type 2 diabetes (a double-blind clinical trial)
Mahmoud Parham , Mohammad Bagherzadeh, Majid Asghari , Hossein Akbari , Zahra Hosseini , Maryam Rafiee , Jamshid Vafaeimanesh
Gastroenterology & Hepatology Disease Research Center, Qom University of Medical Science, Qom, Iran , jvafaeemanesh@yahoo.com
Abstract:   (454 Views)
Background: Different benefits of various herbal medicines in decreasing blood sugar have been reported in different clinical trials so far. Considering the growing tendency toward these combinations and the booming market, inappropriate advice is growing accordingly. Hence, it is necessary to evaluate the effects and possible complications of such combinations on health status and blood glucose control.
Methods: Two 38-subject groups were formed and a 12-week treatment program was administered for both groups. The inclusion criteria were failure to control blood glucose with two oral medicines, unwillingness to inject insulin. The medicine was prepared in capsules by Booali Company. Each capsule weighed 750 mg and contained nettle leaf 20% (w/w), berry leaf 10% (w/w), onion and garlic 20% (w/w), fenugreek seed 20% (w/w), walnut leaf 20% (w/w), and cinnamon bark 10% (w/w) all in powder.
Results: At the beginning of the study, there was no significant difference between the subjects regarding the evaluated parameters, but after the intervention, the level of glucose was significantly lower in fasting (P=0.0001) and 2-hour postprandial(P=0.002) levels. The level of glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) (P=0.0001) also decreased from 0.33±9.72 % to 0.20±8.39 %. Finally, the level of insulin resistance reduced from 1.9±4.1 to 1.4±2.6 (P=0.001) after consuming herbal medicine.
Conclusion: According to the results of the current study, the herbal combination was effective in controlling blood sugar, and considering the reduction of HbA1c by 1.31 %, it seems that the herbal combination is an effective medicine to treat diabetes.

Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes, Herbal Medicine, Insulin-Resistance
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Endocrinology
Received: 2018/07/30 | Accepted: 2019/04/30 | Published: 2019/12/15

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