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International Journal Of Horticulture, Agriculture And Food Science(IJHAF)

Studying the Hypoglycemic Effect of Omani Thyme : Pilot Study

Badryia Al-Rahbi , Ammal A.W Sallam , Hassan Sadek , Ayman M.H El-Sharawy

International Journal of Horticulture, Agriculture and Food science(IJHAF), Vol-2,Issue-3, May - June 2018, Pages 98-101, 10.22161/ijhaf.2.3.9

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Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder with very challenging situationsthat can influence the whole body health status and may even have an impact ondiabetic patients’ life style. DM is recognized to affect a lot of the physiological body functions due to the associated hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, hyperaminoacidemia, and hypoinsulinemia. Continuous efforts using non-medicinal supplements have been tried to control, reduce the complications of diabetes or to reduce the dose of anti-diabetic medicinal treatments for diabetic patients. Thyme in Oman, grow as an indigenous plant especially in mountains of Rustaq town, located in the Al Batinah Region of northern Sultanate of Oman. This Pilot study aimed to evaluate the hypoglycemic effect of thyme on subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus using a daily dose of 1000ml/day thyme tea for 6 months.Preintervention and postintervention blood glucose levels, glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels, and body weight of the diabetic subjects were measured. Six months of using thyme tea resulted in an appreciable lowering of fasting blood glucose and postprandial blood glucose levels. A reduction in the HbA1c level was also observed, indicating improved long-term glucose regulation. These findings suggest the beneficial effect of thyme in controlling and regulating blood glucose levels of subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Diabetes Mellitus, Thyme, glycosylated haemoglobin and antioxidants activities.

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