HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
American Ginseng reduces blood sugar: implications for diabetes and herbal research

Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto have found that taking American ginseng before a meal reduces blood sugar in people both with and without diabetes. The study appears in the April 9 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dr. Vladimir Vuksan, lead investigator for the study, says that these findings may have important implications for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, a disease affecting approximately eight per cent of North American adults and continually rising. "Although preliminary, these findings are encouraging and indicate that American ginseng's potential role in diabetes should be taken seriously and investigated further. Controlling after-meal blood sugar levels is recognized as a very important strategy in managing diabetes. It may also be important in the prevention of diabetes in those who have not yet developed the disease."

Study participants, both diabetic (Type 2) and non-diabetic, consumed capsules containing three grams of ground Ontario-grown American ginseng either 40 minutes before or during a glucose test meal. Among participants with Type 2 diabetes, those who took the ginseng capsules experienced a 20 per cent reduction in blood sugar levels compared to when they took placebo capsules. Among non-diabetic participants, similar reductions were only seen when the ginseng capsules were taken before, not together, with the test meal, suggesting that the timing of administration may be important. (The trial was an acute clinical study and did not compare the diabetic participants to the non-diabetic participants.)

Although the results are encouraging, Vuksan, who associate director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michael's Hospital and assistant professor in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto, cautions that people should not us
'"/>

Contact: Steven de Sousa
steven.desousa@utoronto.ca
416-978-5949
University of Toronto
8-Apr-2000


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Highlights of the October 2004 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
2. The American Phytopathological Society announces 2004 awards
3. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
4. Highlights of American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia, Aug. 22-26
5. NIH roadmap for biomedical research focus of chemists at American Chemical Society meeting
6. Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
7. Genetic mutation linked to more aggressive breast cancer found more often in African-Americans
8. More aggressive breast cancer tumors found in African American women
9. American Society of Mammalogists honors CI president Russell Mittermeier with Aldo Leopold award
10. Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
11. Most Americans not sure about the sources of high cholesterol

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 25, 2020 , ... ... software solutions for biopharmaceutical R&D, today announced that it has entered into ... full-length multispecific antibodies (Multiclonics®), to support their translational and clinical research strategy ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... , ... June 22, 2020 , ... The field of ... ligand binding assays (LBA) have dominated this area. However, the use of mass spectrometry ... , This now necessitates the question “How do you choose which approach to use ...
(Date:6/19/2020)... ... , ... Join experts from Envigo Lauren Klaskala, Project Manager – ... on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 11am EDT (4pm BST/UK). , Nuclease-based technologies ... However, while modifying the genome may be more straightforward, the challenge to create an ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (PRWEB) , ... July 29, 2020 , ... ... cell joint injections for only $3950. With 50 million stem cells total, patients may ... well stem cell therapy works for arthritic joints (BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016). At R3 ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... Mass. and SOMERSET, N.J (PRWEB) , ... July ... ... leading genome editing company, and Catalent, the leading global provider of advanced delivery ... consumer health products, today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... ... ... Join experts from Reed Tech , Gary Saner, Sr. Manager, Information Solutions Life ... webinar on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 11am EDT (4pm BST/UK). , The ... medical devices, the NMPA has departments dealing with medical device registration (pre-market approvals) and ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... dicentra , ... sciences and food industries, is pleased to announce that Charles Galea has joined ... Development. , Charles is an accomplished and results-driven sales executive with over 10 ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: