(HealthDay News) — For women with gestational diabetes, daily administration of Artemisia extract is associated with improved insulin sensitivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

Xia Sun, MD, from Qingdao Municipal Hospital in China, and colleagues examined the effects of Artemisia extract on insulin resistance and lipid profiles in pregnant women with gestational diabetes. One hundred forty-four women in their second trimester of gestation were randomly assigned to Artemisia extract group or placebo, which they were instructed to consume daily for 10 weeks.

The researchers observed significant reductions in fasting plasma glucose, serum insulin levels, homeostasis model of assessment of insulin resistance, and beta-cell function in the Artemisia extract group compared with the placebo group. 

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In the Artemisia extract group, levels of circulating adiponectin were significantly up-regulated, which contributed positively to improved insulin sensitivity.

“Daily administration of Artemisia extract improves insulin sensitivity by up-regulating adiponectin in women with gestational diabetes,” the researchers wrote.


  1. Sun X, Sun H, Zhang J, Ji X. Artemisia Extract Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus by Up-Regulating Adiponectin. J Clin Pharmacol. 2016. doi:10.1002/jcph.755.