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Special Issue "Medicinal Plants and Diabetes"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Medicinal Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Oluwafemi Oguntibeju

Phytomedicine and Diabetes Research Group, Oxidative Stress Research Centre, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, P.O. Box 1906, Bellville 7535, South Africa
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Interests: diabetes; diabetic complications; oxidative stress; medicinal plants; obesity; diabetes-related cardiovascular disease

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a major public health burden, increasing dramatically with 25% of global population believed to be diabetic. It has been predicted that over 552 million people will be diabetic with the projection that 1 in 10 non-diabetic adults will become diabetic by 2030. Plants with medicinal values are known to play significant role globally particularly in African and Asian regions in the management and treatment of various chronic diseases including diabetes. In African and Asian regions, due to low socio-economic patterns, about 80% of these populations predominantly depend on plant products as their primary healthcare sources. The interest in medicinal plants has grown possibly due to their availability, accessibility and the general belief that they demonstrate minimum side effects. The relative cost of pharmacological drugs globally has raised concerns of diversion from orthodox medicines to herbal remedies. The treatment and management cost of DM in developing countries is expensive and majority of the population cannot afford, hence the heavy reliance on medicinal plants for the management several chronic diseases including diabetes mellitus. Over a thousand plant species have been used in the treatment and management of diabetes. Therapeutic effects of plant extracts have been linked to the presence of phytochemicals, such as glycosides, alkaloids, terpenoids, flavonoids, cartenoids, beta glycans and caretoniods and that the bioactive constituents provide therapeutic effects either by combating reactive oxygen species or acting as hypoglycaemic, anti-hyperglycaemic, anti-inflammatory and apoptotic agents. This Special Issue of the journal will focus on diabetes in general and diabetes and the role of medicinal plants in the treatment and management of diabetes.

Prof. Oluwafemi Oguntibeju
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Diabetes mellitus and medicinal plants
  • Diabetes and oxidative stress
  • Medicinal plants and obesity
  • Oxidative stress and medicinal plants
  • Diabetic complications and medicinal plants
  • Bone health-related diabetes complications and medicinal plants
  • Toxicity and medicinal plants
  • Diabetes-related inflammation and medicinal plants
  • Diabetic-related apoptosis and medicinal plants

Published Papers

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