Vitamin E supplements or eating lots of vitamin E rich foods may help pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes, according to a new study in the issue of Clinical Laboratory.
The study of 20 pediatric patients with type 1 diabetes and 20 controls without the disease shows that taking vitamin E helped reduce an oxidation product and increase the concentration of an antioxidant called glutathione.
The study was conducted by S. Gupta of J.L.N. Medical College in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India and colleges.
For the study, the researchers tested the effect of vitamin E supplements on the oxidative stress parameters including malondialdehyde, antioxidants, reduced glutathioine, and vitamin E among other things.
The study subjects were given 600 mg of vitamin E per day for three months. At the end of the three-month supplementation, all the oxidative parameters were determined.
Gupta et al. found reduced glutathione and vitamin E concentrations in the study subjects with type 1 diabetes were lower, and malondialdehyde concentrations were higher compared to those in the controls.
Vitamin E supplementation significantly reduced malondialdehyde levels and increased glutathione levels.
But vitamin E was not associated with improved metabolic parameters.
The researchers concluded that vitamin e reduces oxidative stress in children with type 1 diabetes and improves the antioxidation defense system.
Vitamin E is a type of antioxidants, which is found high in tomatoes, seeds, nuts, spinach, and sunflower oil.