Background: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of purslane seeds in glucagon-like peptide-1 concentration and glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor in women with diabetes.

Methods: This was a quasi-experimental study. The population was consisted of the city of Sari where diabetic women with diabetes II who had no history of using purslane seeds. All individuals used the same dose of metformin under the specialist supervision. Among these individuals, 16 were assigned at random to Purslane group and control group. The purslane group consumed 2.5 grams Purslane with lunch and along with 5 grams of purslane (Portulaca oleracea seeds 7.5 g daily) with dinner meals twice daily for 8 weeks. Blood sample was taken before and after 8 weeks, after 12 hours of fasting to 5 ml of the left brachial vein.

Results: After 8 weeks using purslane seeds in the experimental group, a significant increase was seen in glucagon-like peptide-1 concentrations (p<0.007), but there was no significant difference in the concentration of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (p <0.455). No significant relationship was found between changes in glucagon-like peptide-1 and its receptor.

Conclusion: The use of purslane seeds improved Type II diabetes; therefore it can be effective in improving the health of women with diabetes.

Key words: Purslane; Anti-diabetic factors; Type II diabetic women  
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