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Antioxidant supplementation and diabetes

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Antioxidant vitamins substantially decrease the susceptibility to oxidation of low-density lipoproteins in diabetic men, James Anderson, MD, et al., University of Kentucky, report in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Researchers say their data suggest antioxidant supplements may lower the risk for artherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in diabetics, who face a significantly higher risk for than non-diabetics. Twenty diabetics received eight weeks of placebo, 12 weeks of daily antioxidant supplementation consisting of beta carotene (24 mg), ascorbate (1,000 mg) and alpha-tocopherol (800 IU), and another eight weeks of placebo. The study was supported in part by Roche Vitamins and HCF Nutritional Foundation

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