& Mineral Guide
For Diabetics, Just
a Spoon Full of...
Vitamin C and E
diabetics, the letters C and E may spell hope...boosting insulin
with vitamins C and E may improve the drug's effectiveness and
prevent liver damage and other serious complications of the disease.
A UC Irvine
College of Medicine study found that these popular antioxidant
supplements enhance insulin's ability to reduce blood sugar. This
is an important finding, but an even more astounding conclusion
is that C and E may also lower the risks of organ
damage that diabetics faceeven with insulin treatments.
is a serious disease which affects nearly 17 million Americans.
The number of cases is increasing. It is also appearing at younger
ages than ever before...it is believed to be tied in with the
increase in childhood obesity in America.
the preferred treatment, but patients eventually develop complications
even when they take the treatments that are prescribed. Some of
these complications are serious enough to cause the treatment
to be discontinued. The more serious ones are various forms of
heart disease and nerve, liver and kidney damage.
Dr. Nick Vaziri,
professor of medicine, and his team found that untreated diabetes
raised blood pressure and increased the production of damaging
oxidizing agents called free radicals. The free radicals converted
sugars and proteins into harmful chemicals, increasing the risks
of tissue damage often seen in untreated diabetes.
with insulin alone lowered their blood pressure slightly. The
drug also provided some protection from the free radicals. Sugars
and proteins were less likely to be destroyed when the animals
were given insulin.
discovered a new problem. Instead of attacking sugars and proteins,
radicals began to react with and destroy nitrous oxide.
This chemical in the blood functions as a protector against the
damage of free radicals in the healthy metabolism.
When the free
radicals attack the nitrous oxide, the result is a release of
toxic chemicals which may cause damage to tissues. The damage
to the diabetics tissues might take longer with the protection
of insulin, but eventually, the results are the same.
tried a new approach. They found that adding vitamins C and E
to insulin spared the sugars, proteins... and the nitric oxide
pressure was lowered to normal, and free radicals were not in
sufficient numbers to degrade the sugars, proteins and nitric
oxide," Vaziri said. "We think this shows that a diet
rich in antioxidants may help diabetics prevent the devastating
cardiovascular, kidney, neurological and other damage that are
common complications of diabetes."
was reported in a recent issue of Kidney International. More
studies still need to be done with human participants, but Vaziri
believes that adding vitamins C and E to an insulin-dependent
diabetic's diet should help treat the disease and perhaps prevent
future organ damage.
Source: University Of California at Irvine
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All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.