Effect of the insulin plant (Costus Igneus) leaves on blood glucose levels in diabetic patients: A cross sectional study

A. J. Shetty, S. M. Parampalli, R. Bhandarkar, S. Kotian

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BACKGROUND: The complications of Diabetes mellitus are related to glycaemic control. Normoglycaemia or near normoglycaemia is the desired, but often elusive, goal for most patients. Regardless of the level of hyperglycaemia, improvement in glycaemic control will lower the risk of diabetes complications. Consumption of the leaves of the insulin plant has been claimed to achieve glycaemic control and hence, we have planned the present cross sectional study in diabetic patients. AIM OF THE STUDY: Analysis of glycaemic control in diabetic patients who have been consuming the leaves of the insulin plant and to know the adverse effects/ benefits of insulin plant leaf consumption. MATERIALS AND METHODS/ STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: A cross sectional study was conducted after taking informed consent from the patients. Retrospective data was collected from diabetic patients who consumed the leaves of the insulin plant. Wilcoxson's paired test was the statistical method which was used for analysis of the data. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Statistically significant reduction in the fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels in all the patients who consumed the leaves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2617-2621
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17-12-2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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