dogs, mice, rabbits and humans (Alarcon-Aguilara et al 1998, Madar et al 1988, Raju © 2007 Elsevier Australia
et al 2001, Ribes et al 1984, 1986, Riyad et al 1988, Sharma et al 1990, Vats et al 2002), and the effect has been described as slow but sustained (Puri et al 2002). Interestingly, no reduction of fasting or postprandial blood sugar levels were observed in a placebo-controlled study in non-diabetic people who used a dose of 5 g/day over 3 months (Bordia et al 1997).
Fenugreek exerts its hypoglycaemic effect by delaying glucose absorption and enhancing its utilisation (Al Habori et al 2001). Results from in vivo experiments suggest that fenugreek may increase the sensitivity of tissues to available insulin (Puri et al 2002). The active component responsible for this activity is associated with a defatted part (non-lipid extract), rich in fibre-containing steroidal saponins and proteins (Ribes et al 1986, Valette et al 1984).
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.