Vitamin E may guard against heart disease in people with diabetes

March 13, 2001 in Diabetes & Diabetes Prevention, Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Vitamin E may guard against heart disease in people with diabetes

Tests by medical scientists at the University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center showed that vitamin E reduced the amount of inflammation in blood vessels of the heart.

Researchers conducted a study of 75 patients who had type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease that occurs in adulthood. Subjects received l,200 international units (IU) of vitamin E daily, and all of the persons tested showed a lowering of inflammation in their blood

Heart disease is known to be one of the most serious complications of diabetes. But when vitamin E is consumed, the vitamin can enter body cells that contribute to plaque in the blood vessels and help reduce the swelling which can lead to heart disease. The antioxidant properties of vitamin E appeared to be the key to reducing the inflammation. Vitamin E is known as an effective antioxidant, fighting off free radicals, which can damage healthy body cells.

The best food sources of vitamin E include vegetable oils, almonds, peanuts, soybeans, whole grains, wheat germ, avocado and green leafy vegetables, especially kale. The RDA for healthy adults is 22 IU per day.

Important Note: Later studies have linked vitamin E supplements to an increased risk of health problems, including heart failure. Click here to read about the 2005 study. Currently, people with diabetes and heart disease are advised to avoid taking vitamin E supplements. -- Leslie Beck, 2007.

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