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J Endocrinol Invest. 2015 Feb;38(2):163-70. doi: 10.1007/s40618-014-0170-x. Epub 2014 Sep 7.

Effectiveness of chamomile tea on glycemic control and serum lipid profile in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Author information

1
Department of Nutrition in Community, Faculty of Nutrition, Nutrition Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
2
Students' Research Committee, Faculty of Nutrition, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. maryam.zemestani@yahoo.com.
3
Department of Statistics and Epidemiology, Faculty of Health, Tabriz Health Service Management Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

Abstract

AIMS:

This study aimed at assessing the effects of chamomile tea consumption on glycemic control and serum lipid profile in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

METHODS:

This single-blind randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted on 64 individuals with T2DM (males and females) aged between 30 and 60 years. The intervention group (n = 32) consumed chamomile tea (3 g/150 mL hot water) three times per day immediately after meals for 8 weeks. The control group (n = 32) followed a water regimen for the same intervention period. Fasting blood samples, anthropometric measurements, and 3-day, 24-h dietary recalls were collected at the baseline and at the end of the trial. Data were analyzed by independent t test, paired t test, Pearson correlation test, and analysis of covariance.

RESULTS:

Chamomile tea significantly decreased concentration of HbA1C (p = 0.03), serum insulin levels (p < 0.001), homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance (p < 0.001), total cholesterol (p = 0.001), triglyceride (p < 0.001), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (p = 0.05) compared with control group. No significant changes were shown in serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in both groups.

CONCLUSION:

Chamomile tea has some beneficial effects on glycemic control and serum lipid profile in T2DM patients.

KEYWORDS:

Chamomile; Glycemic control; Serum lipids; Type 2 diabetes mellitus

PMID:
25194428
DOI:
10.1007/s40618-014-0170-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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