Vitamin E Benefits Rats With Diabetes

Feb 1, 1995

Vitamin E may decrease the risk of developing some of the most common complications of diabetes, according to a study done at Joslin Diabetes Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Kyushu University in Japan.

The researchers found that when Vitamin E was given to rats with diabetes it suppressed a biochemical reaction that has long been suspected of contributing to blood vessel damage, which is the underlying cause of many diabetes complications, including stroke, blindness, and kidney damage.

George King, MD, chief of the Section on Vascular Cell Biology at Joslin, explained the findings in a recent press release. "Our study shows that when we inject Vitamin E into rats who have a form of diabetes that closely mimics human diabetes, the biochemical reaction that may be triggered by elevated blood glucose levels is stopped. Earlier studies have shown that both high blood sugar levels and diabetes increase the body's process of blood vessel damage."

In 90 percent of the rats injected with the most active form of Vitamin E the DAG levels were lowered and an increase of PKC activity was prevented.

Vitamin E is most commonly found in foods such as milk, wheat germ, and apples.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Blood Glucose, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Food, International, Research, Vitamins

Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...

Username: Password:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.