Puerarin acts on the skeletal muscle to improve insulin sensitivity in diabetic rats involving μ-opioid receptor.

Puerarin, a major active isoflavone extracted from the root of Pueraria lobate, significantly increases plasma β-endorphin and insulin levels and improves impaired insulin signaling in diabetic animals. However, the target tissues and underlying mechanisms in and through which puerarin functions to ameliorating insulin resistance remains largely unclear. In… (More)