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Vitamin C and Diabetes

Endothelial dysfunction sounds like something out of a medical journal, yet its manifestation in the bodies of diabetics can be easily understood. It is blood vessel damage which can also be attributed to several other causes of this all-too-often fatal complication of diabetes, such as hypertension and chronic renal failure.

It is very important for researchers to expedite a way to prevent and possibly even reverse the effects of this painful physiological malfunction. According to a June 15, 2009, article in the Science section of, the collateral damage caused by these impaired and scarred vessels can lead to limb amputation and blindness, amongst other more likely fatal diseases such as heart disease and kidney disease.

Typically the damage is seen in diabetics who do not have good control over their blood sugar. However, scientists working together from all around the world have found the damage may continue even after blood sugar is under control again, due to a phenomenon that causes the cells to “remember” the damage.

In studies conducted by researchers at the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center, Vitamin C was found to be a surprising antidote for endothelial dysfunction. It appeared to stop the vessel damage, and “erase” the “memories” of damage already done. However, this study has only been done on those patients with Type 1 diabetes. They are now beginning the tests on those with Type 2 diabetes.

Although this discovery is great news for those diabetics who suffer with the complications such as endothelial dysfunction, the scientists stress more studies are being done, and no information should yet be understood as conclusive. Vitamin C is, of course, part of a healthy, balanced diet for just about anyone. It is one of several antioxidants known to boost the immune system. Most people should, according to doctors, eat foods high in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and supplement their diet with multivitamins when necessary.

Trina L. Grant is a blogger about diabetic health, and a professional freelance writer and editor. More samples of her work can be found on her site.

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