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Metabolic Impact of Selected Minor Millets Fed Experimental Menopause Induced Rats

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Navarasam Arts & Science College, Arachalur, Erode (DT)-638101, TN, India
  • 2Department of Biochemistry, Bharathidasan College of Arts & Science, Ellispettai, Erode (DT)-638116, TN, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (6), Pages 43-51, June,10 (2016)


Menopause is nothing but the cessation of menstrual activity which is accompanied by lower levels of estrogen and which gradually leads to weight gain. Postmenopausal weight gain is an alarm for women’s health which leads to hyperlipidemia and glucose intolerance. These events further lead to lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes mellitus, arteriosclerosis, hypertension and metabolic syndrome. The aim of the present research was to study the effect of four less explored minor millets (Paspalum scrobiculatumL., Panicum sumatrense Rothex Roem. and Schult, Eichinochola frumentacea Link and setaria italic(L.) P. Beauv.) which are less exploited for research on the metabolic profile of Ovariectomized rats. Twelve female wistar albino rats were grouped into four and only one group was fed with the feed prepared from the flour of the four minor millets mixture. The study was carried for 3 months and the body weight was measured weekly and blood sugar, HbA1c and lipid profile were measured monthly, whereas the other biochemical parameters were measured at the end of the experiment. The minor millets fed group showed significant (p‹ 0.05) improvement in the lipid profile and blood glucose whereas the body weight was under control. Thus the minor millets proved to be effective against the pathogenic condition of metabolic syndrome at the Menopausal stage.


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