D-ribose, does it effect insulin or leptin?

Hi Dr Rosedale, whats your opinion of D-ribose, does it effect insulin or leptin , if not why? and what is it made from..BTW loved your book The Rosedale Diet.

It does not effect insulin or leptin directly. Taking D-ribose will not get into the cell. Benfotiamine, a fat soluble form of thiamine that converts glucose into ribose intracellularly, and then the ribose itself is a great substrate for RNA (and other important intracellular molecules, and is a much better option in my opinion. Benfotiamine helps to reduce intracellular glycation unlike D-ribose.