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Drugs Derived from Plants for Diabetes?

(Reuters Health) [R]esearchers … believe they have identified potential sources of medicines derived from plants which may have fewer adverse side-effects for diabetes sufferers.
The scientists are investigating the properties of two plants found in south-east Asia which they think could have properties that are not only anti-diabetic, but also lipid- or fat-lowering, and so can help tackle obesity…
[They] aim to isolate and identify certain extracts from the plants Cassia auriculata and Cassia alata, which could have 'active ingredients' for treating diabetes. They discovered that one of the compounds isolated from the plant, kaempferol 3-O-rutinoside, has proved to be more than eight times more potent than the standard anti-diabetic drug, acarbose.
The team also found the plants have anti-oxidant properties, which is beneficial when treating diabetes.
Community: According to Wikipedia, cassia is similar to cinnamon, which as we saw above, can also help control blood sugar.
There are many practical things we can do to prevent, delay, or minimize the effects of type 2 diabetes.
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