Antioxidant plants and diabetes mellitus

Hamid Nasri, Hedayatollah Shirzad, Azar Baradaran, Mahmoud Rafieian-kopaei


The incidence of diabetes mellitus (DM) is increasing rapidly and it is expected to increase by 2030. Other than currently available
therapeutic options, there are a lot of herbal medicines, which have been recommended for its treatment. Herbal medicines have
long been used for the treatment of DM because of the advantage usually having no or less side-effects. Most of these plants have
antioxidant activities and hence, prevent or treat hard curable diseases, other than having the property of combating the toxicity of toxic or other drugs. In this review other than presenting new findings of DM, the plants, which are used and have been evaluated scientifically for the treatment of DM are introduced.

Key words: Diabetes mellitus, herbal drugs, diabetic nephropathy

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