February 8, 2013

Vitamin E to Evade Diabetes Complications

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vitamin-EA few years ago, a study was launched to see if vitamin E, as an add-on agent, would be effective for people with T1D and T2D in protecting from or arresting diabetic complications.

The complications examined in the study were cardiovascular disease, retinopathy, nephropathy and foot ulcer development and progression. The aforementioned complications are due, in part, to enhanced oxidative stress.

The study involved T1D and T2D patients, divided in two group. Group 1 received diabetes treatment (insulin and/or oral meds) and vitamin E. Group 2 received only diabetes treatment.

Vitamin E improves the endothelial function, the retinal blood flow and the renal dysfunction.   Patients in the study were prescribed 200 mg or 400 mg vitamin E capsules, once or twice a day.Compared to no vitamin E, was it a measurable difference? 

In the vitamin E treated group, the measurements were shown to gradually and significantly decrease throughout the study. These measurements were: Post-prandial Blood Sugar(PPBS), Total Cholesterol(TC), and Diastolic Blood Pressure (DBP).

The patients who were on the vitamin E supplementation had a delayed development and a slow progression of the complications.

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