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October 21, 2002

Alternative Therapies and Explanations

Question from Salzburg, Austria:

I was researching the use of antioxidants for my paper, so a friend, who has type 1 diabetes asked my opinion about using them (vitamins, supplements) in his case. I found some articles, but I couldn�t find enough to feel able to give him advice. I know there have already been questions about vitamin E, but aren�t there any new results or more definitive answers? Can I tell him that the "damages" result from oxidative stress that he can reduce with exogenous antioxidants?


As far as I am aware, there is no conclusive evidence that diabetes is a result of primary oxidative stress response and no evidence that antioxidants have any significant effect on preventing or reducing the effects of diabetes.


[Editor’s comment: See Complementary and Alternative Medicine.