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Diabetes Care. 1995 Oct;18(10):1373-5.

Ginseng therapy in non-insulin-dependent diabetic patients.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effect of ginseng on newly diagnosed non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) patients.

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS:

In this double-blind placebo-controlled study, 36 NIDDM patients were treated for 8 weeks with ginseng (100 or 200 mg) or placebo. Efficacy was evaluated with psychophysical tests and measurements of glucose balance, serum lipids, aminoterminalpropeptide (PIIINP) concentration, and body weight.

RESULTS:

Ginseng therapy elevated mood, improved psychophysical performance, and reduced fasting blood glucose (FBG) and body weight. The 200-mg dose of ginseng improved glycated hemoglobin, serum PIIINP, and physical activity. Placebo reduced body weight and altered the serum lipid profile but did not alter FBG.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ginseng may be a useful therapeutic adjunct in the management of NIDDM.

PMID:
8721940
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