March 6, 2012

Study recruiting for antioxidant effect on type 2 diabetes


When I see a headline trumpeting a study for people with type 2 diabetes to be studied for the effects antioxidants may have on their health – my ears perk up. Allow me to explain my intrigue. Antioxidants are molecules in your body that help protect important cells from damage by free radicals. Although your body produces  quite a few – there are some antioxidants you can only get from outside sources like foods and drinks.

The study is going to test a powerful antioxidant to see if it can prevent and heal existing complications in people with type 2 diabetes. The antioxidant is n- acetylcysteine. The doctor heading the study believes that the use of n-acetylcholine, in addition to conventional treatment, will help to control glucose levels. Hypothetically, this protocol will strengthen insulin-producing cells  which may help prevent or perhaps even reverse their eventual deterioration in diabetics.

Dr. Paul Robertson is a research scientist with the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute in Seattle. If you’re not enthused to hop a plane to the West coast – you can pickup n- acetylcysteine (also referred to as N-a-C) at your nearest Vitamin Shoppe.  Doctors use N-a-C in higher doses for the treatment of acetaminophen overdose to reduce damage to the liver.

If participating in this study appeals to you – please visit the site to learn more about the qualifications and expectations.

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