Synthetic Antioxidant May Prevent Diabetes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/25/02

Synthetic Antioxidant May Prevent Diabetes

An antioxidant is proving to be a powerful weapon against diabetes, but you won't find this one at the health food store. It's a hi-tech immune booster designed by scientists. It's not a vitamin, but a synthetic antioxidant that scientists are calling AEOL 10-113.

Already, tests in mice show that it can help delay and in some cases even prevent Type One Diabetes. It's a lab made chemical that mimics an enzyme in the body that controls the free radicals that trigger cell damage. In this case, this lab made chemical protects the insulin-producing beta cells we need to keep up from developing Diabetes.

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that some of the mice even stayed free of diabetes after the treatments ended, suggesting the chemical may even alter the cells of the immune system. The NIH says it's encouraging, but more study is needed before testing can begin on people.

Along with Diabetes, researchers say the study results suggest that the synthetic antioxidant has the potential to treat other auto immune diseases. It's important to note that this lab made antioxidant is not found in vitamins or supplements. It's among a class of hi-tech class of antioxidant drugs that help boost the body's own powerful antioxidants. Other forms are being tested to treat diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

Approximately one-million people in the U.S. have type One Diabetes, and about 30,000 new cases are diagnosed each year the findings by researchers at National Jewish Medical and Research Center, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in the February issue of "Diabetes." This research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Incara Pharmaceuticals were provided by the antioxidant.

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