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Vitamins C and E reduce post-heart attack deaths in diabetics.

In a communication published in the journal Cardiology, researchers from Warsaw report the results of a study that found supplementing diabetic patients with vitamins C and E significantly reduces mortality over a 30-day period following acute myocardial infarction. *

Eight-hundred participants received a 12-hour intravenous infusion of 1,000 mg vitamin C, followed by 400 mg vitamin C plus 200 mg vitamin E administered orally three times per day, or a placebo. Although deaths were the same for the treatment and placebo groups in non-diabetic subjects, among diabetics, mortality was 68% lower in those who received the antioxidant vitamins.

"Early administration of appropriate doses of antioxidant vitamins C and E in diabetic patients with acute myocardial infarction seems to be particularly reasonable in view of increased reactive oxygen species formation in these patients," the authors conclude.

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* Jaxa-Chamiec T, Bednarz B, Herbaczynska-Cedro K, Maciejewski P, Ceremuzynski L. Effects of vitamins C and E on the outcome after acute myocardial infarction in diabetics: a retrospective, hypothesis-generating analysis from the MIVIT study. Cardiology. 2008 Aug 12;112(3):219-23.

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Title Annotation:IN THE NEWS
Author:Dye, Dayna
Publication:Life Extension
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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