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Ginseng May Help Treat Diabetes

June 16, 2003 (New Orleans) -- The herb red ginseng may help normalize blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, two new studies suggest. But before you rush to health-food stores to stock up on the popular herb, be aware that there is no way to know if the product you buy will be as effective as the preparation used in the studies, researchers caution. University of Toronto investigators presented both studies here this weekend at the American Diabetes Association's 63rd Scientific Sessions. Since normalizing blood sugar levels is a critical goal of diabetes treatment, ginseng could someday be an important strategy in managing patients, says Fran Kaufman, MD, president of the American Diabetes Association. In one study, people with type 2 diabetes who consumed ginseng and a highly viscous fiber similar to pectin had a notable reduction in blood sugar levels, reports Alexandra Jenkins, a PhD candidate at the University of Surrey, U.K. The study enrolled 30 people with diabetes in whom medication helped to control -- but did not normalize -- blood sugar levels. The participants received either capsules containing ground, North American-grown ginseng and a highly viscous fiber, or Continue reading >>

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  1. shroomysoup

    Can someone help me with these insulin products and make sure that I got the ingredients down correctly? Also, what is the difference between Humulin 70/30 and Humulin 50/50? What is the difference between Humalog Mix 75/25 and Humalog Mix 50/50?
    Humulin 70/30 - intermediate-acting (human insulin isophane) + short-acting (regular)
    Humulin 50/50 - same as Humulin 70/30 except 50/50?
    Novolin 70/30 - NPH 70%, Regular 30%
    Humalog Mix 75/25 - intermediate-acting (lispro protamine) + rapid-acting
    Humalog Mix 50/50 - same as above except 50/50?
    Novolog Mix 70/30 - rapid-acting? (aspart protamine 70%, aspart 30%)

  2. fenixtnlfan

    The 70/30, 50/50 refers to the concentration of each ingredient. Example: Humulin 70/30 is 70% isophane and 30% regular insulin. I'm sure a quick Google search would confirm the different insulin ingredients. I don't know all those yet.

  3. shroomysoup

    fenixtnlfan said: ↑
    The 70/30, 50/50 refers to the concentration of each ingredient. Example: Humulin 70/30 is 70% isophane and 30% regular insulin. I'm sure a quick Google search would confirm the different insulin ingredients. I don't know all those yet. Yeah, I know that. I just want to know what the advantages are between 70/30 and 50/50. And what is the difference between aspart protamine and aspart?

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