AZADIRACHTA INDICA AND ITS ANTIDIABETIC POTENTIAL – A REVIEWAbstract
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a serious metabolic disease which has several complications including diabetic nephropathy, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. It has been estimated that by the year 2010, the prevalence of DM worldwide will reach approximately 240 million. Despite considerable progress in the management of diabetes mellitus by synthetic drugs, the search for indigenous and diabetic agents continues. Natural product based compounds and there analogs thereof from various medicinal plants have provided numerous clinically useful drugs. In this review article, we mainly focused on neem (Azadirachta indica), the most useful traditional plant in India that has been explored towards an antidiabetic application.