Screening of Natural Antidiabetic Agents

  • Chukwuebuka EgbunaEmail author
  • Santwana Palai
  • Israel Ehizuelen Ebhohimen
  • Andrew G. Mtewa
  • Jonathan C. Ifemeje
  • Genevieve D. Tupas
  • Toskë L. Kryeziu


Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease characterized by a relative or absolute lack of insulin that leads to hyperglycaemia. Approximately two to five million cases of deaths result from diabetes each year. As of 2017, there are over 425 million sufferers of DM worldwide (representing over 8.3% of the adult population) and a projected increase to 629 million by the year 2045. Every year, millions of dollars are committed in the global health care and in research and development of effective antidiabetic medications. So far, tremendous progress has been made in the search for safer natural antidiabetic agents but more needs to be done because of the multifactorial nature of diabetes and its comorbidities. This chapter details the various methods involved in the screening of natural antidiabetic agents. It takes into account the various in silico tools, in vitro and animal models. The methods are presented in a clear and concise manner to aid easy adoption and replications.


Diabetes mellitus Screening of antidiabetic agents α-glucosidase inhibitors Insulin Hyperglycaemia Drug discovery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chukwuebuka Egbuna
    • 1
    Email author
  • Santwana Palai
    • 2
  • Israel Ehizuelen Ebhohimen
    • 3
  • Andrew G. Mtewa
    • 4
  • Jonathan C. Ifemeje
    • 5
  • Genevieve D. Tupas
    • 6
  • Toskë L. Kryeziu
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryChukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityUliNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and ToxicologyOrissa University of Agriculture and TechnologyBhubaneswarIndia
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Sciences (Biochemistry)Samuel Adegboyega UniversityOgwa, Edo StateNigeria
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry, Institute of TechnologyMalawi University of Science and TechnologyThyoloMalawi
  5. 5.Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Natural SciencesChukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityUliNigeria
  6. 6.College of Medicine, Department of PharmacologyDavao Medical School Foundation, Inc.Davao CityPhilippines
  7. 7.Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”PrishtinaKosovo

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