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Study of hypoglycaemic and hypolipidemic effects of Inula viscosa L. aqueous extract in normal and diabetic rats

N-A Zeggwagh, M-L Ouahidi, A Lemhadri, M Eddouks
Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2006 November 24, 108 (2): 223-7
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The present study was designed to examine the hypoglycaemic and hypolipidemic activity of Inula viscsa aqueous extract on normal and diabetic rats. In normal rats, a significant reduction in blood glucose levels 2 h was observed after a single oral administration (p<0.001). Repeated daily oral administration significantly reduced blood glucose levels after 4 days of treatment (p<0.01). In diabetic rats, a significant reduction in blood glucose levels was observed 1 h after a single oral administration (p<0.001). Repeated oral administration reduced blood glucose levels at the 4th day (p<0.001). No change in total plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels was observed after both a single and repeated oral administration in both normal and diabetic rats. In addition, plasma insulin levels and body weight remained unchanged after 15 days of repeated oral administration in normal and diabetic rats. We conclude that Inula viscosa possess a hypoglycaemic but not hypolipidemic activity in normal and diabetic rats. The observed hypoglycaemic activity seems to be independent of insulin secretion.

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