Monday, March 31, 2008

Vitamin A may suppresses type 1 diabetes

Vitamin A may suppresses type 1 diabetes -
" High levels of vitamin A may curb the onset of type 1 diabetes by protecting against the attack of insulin-producing beta mice and found that vitamin A consumption resulted in lower levels of tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), a protein that has been linked in other studies to type 1 diabetes...Because vitamin A deficiency can directly impair cytotoxic T cell responses, it is plausible that both vitamin A deficiency and excess can affect the development of diabetes via different effects on the beta cell-specific immune response,"...After seven months, only 25 per cent of the mice consuming large quantities of vitamin A and 33 per cent of those eating diets enriched with grape-powder had developed type 1 diabetes...In contrast, 71 per cent of those on the non-enriched control diet had become diabetic..."

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