Gymnema sylvestre is thought to impair the ability to discriminate "sweet taste," and increase enzyme activity responsible for glucose uptake and utilization, or possibly stimulate beta cell function. Side effects include hypoglycemia and possible additive hypoglycemic effects with either insulin or other agents. It should not be used without medical supervision. Gymnema has been studied in both type 1 and type 2 patients however, the research is not well done. Research is being done at Creighton University that will involve a standardized formula and will be conducted in type 2 diabetes patients.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Pages:
Main | Concerns | Gymnema Sylvestre | Fenugreek | Bitter Melon | Ginseng | Nopal | Aloe, Bilberry, and Milk Thistle | Chromium | Vanadium | CoQ10 | Nicotinamide | Alpha Lipoic Acid | Gamma Linolenic Acid | Ginkgo Biloba | Garlic | Advice | Additional Reading | References
Laura Shane-McWhorter, PharmD, BCPS, FASCP, CDE, BC-ADM
November 24, 2001
Last Updated: Wednesday December 31, 2014 20:55:33
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.