Dr Owira PMO

Dr Owira PMO


Dr Peter Owira  





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Research Interests

Molecular and clinical roles of nutreceuticals in diabetes and metabolic syndrome, ARV-induced lipodystrophy and cardiovascular diseases


Senior lecturer

List of Publications

  1. Murunga AN, Owira PM. Diabetic ketoacidosis: an overlooked child killer in sub-Saharan Africa? Trop Med Int Health. 2013 Sep 24. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12195. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Xulu S, Oroma Owira PM. Naringin ameliorates atherogenic dyslipidemia but not hyperglycemia in rats with type 1 diabetes. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2012 Feb;59(2):133-41
  3. Owira PMO. Editorial Comment: Cardiovasc J Afr. 2012 Jun;23(5):273. No abstract available.
  4. Mawoza T, Ojewole JA, Owira PM. Contractile effect of Sclerocarya birrea (A Rich) Hochst (Anacardiaceae) (Marula) leaf aqueous extract on rat and rabbit isolated vascular smooth muscles. Cardiovasc J Afr. 2012 Feb;23(1):12-7.
  5. Owira PM, Ojewole JA. The grapefruit: an old wine in a new glass? Metabolic and cardiovascular perspectives.Cardiovasc J Afr. 2010 Sep-Oct;21(5):280-5. Review.

  1. Owira PM, Ojewole JA. Grapefruit juice improves glycemic control but exacerbates metformin-induced lactic acidosis in non-diabetic rats. Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 2009 Nov;31(9):563-70. doi: 10.1358/mf.2009.31.9.1435463.

  1. Ojewole JA, Mawoza T, Chiwororo WD, Owira PM.Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich) Hochst. [‘Marula’] (Anacardiaceae): a review of its phytochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology and its ethnomedicinal uses.Phytother Res. 2010 May;24(5):633-9.
  2. Owira PM, Ojewole JA. ‘African potato’ (Hypoxis hemerocallidea corm): a plant-medicine for modern and 21st century diseases of mankind? – a review. Phytother Res. 2009 Feb;23(2):147-52. doi: 10.1002/ptr.2595. Review. 18693293
  3. Owira PM, Winter TA. Colonic energy salvage in chronic pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2008 Jan-Feb;32(1):63-71.
  4. Lecour S, Owira P, Opie LH. Ceramide-induced preconditioning involves reactive oxygen species. Life Sci. 2006 Mar 6;78(15):1702-6. Epub 2005 Nov 15.
  5. Owira PM, Young GO, Winter TA. Comparison of inulin and lactulose as reference standards in the breath hydrogen test assessment of carbohydrate malabsorption in patients with chronic pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. Dig Dis Sci. 2005 Jun;50(6):1058-63.
  6. O’Keefe SJ, Kidd M, Espitalier-Noel G, Owira P.Rarity of colon cancer in Africans is associated with low animal product consumption, not fiber. Am J Gastroenterol. 1999 May;94(5):1373-80.


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