2/7/2005 NewsRxDiabetes - The metabolic and antioxidant effects ofvitamin E are superior to those of diltiazem in diabetic rats.
According to a study from Turkey, "In this study, solitary and combinedeffects of vitamin E and the calcium-channel blocker diltiazem wereinvestigated in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Thirty maleWistar albino rats, weighing approximately 200 g were used. Diabetesmellitus was induced by a single intravenous injection of STZ at a dose of65 mg/kg body weight. Five experimental groups were established asSTZ-diabetic, STZ-diabetic + vitamin E, STZ-diabetic + diltiazem andSTZ-diabetic + vitamin E + diltiazem. Vitamin E was injectedintraperitoneally three times a week at a dose of 500 mg/kg body weight."
"Diltiazem was given orally every day at a dose of 25 mg/kg body weight,"said A. Akdogan Kaymaz and colleagues at Istanbul University. "At the endof the study (10 weeks) blood glucose levels of diabetic rats, which hadreceived vitamin E and diltiazem, had significantly decreased whencompared with untreated diabetic rats (p<0.02). Similarly, HbA1c levelshad significantly decreased in diabetic rats which had received vitamin E(p<0.05), diltiazem (p<0.01) and vitamin E + diltiazem (p<0.02) whencompared with untreated diabetic rats. Liver glutathione levels ofdiabetic rats, which had received vitamin E (p<0.01) and vitamin E +diltiazem (p<0.05) had significantly increased when compared withuntreated diabetic rats."
"Liver lipid peroxide levels had significantly decreased in diabetic rats,which had received vitamin E (p<0.001) and diltiazem (p<0.01)," reportedthe researchers. "With respect to their metabolic and antioxidant effects,vitamin E proved superior to diltiazem."
Kaymaz and associates published the results of their research in theJournal of Veterinary Medicine Series A - Physiology Pathology ClinicalMedicine (Comparison of the metabolic and antioxidant effects of diltiazemand vitamin E on streptozotocin-diabetic rats. J Vet Med A-Physiol PatholClin Med, 2004;51(6):265-267).
For additional information, contact A. Akdogan Kaymaz, Department ofInternal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Istanbul University,Avcilar 34851, Istanbul, Turkey. E-mail: email@example.com.
The publisher of the Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series A - PhysiologyPathology Clinical Medicine can be contacted at: Blackwell Verlag GmbH,Kurfurstendamm 58, D-10707 Berlin, Germany.
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