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Super-Food Supplements may Raise Diabetes Risk: Study

by VR Sreeraman on October 20, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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 Super-Food Supplements may Raise Diabetes Risk: Study

Super-food supplements may raise the risk of developing diabetes, experts have warned.

In fact, the supplements, thought to help fight cancer, can even shorten lifespan, the boffins added.

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According to research, the supplements, known as antioxidants, may interfere with blood glucose levels, which can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Antioxidants, including vitamins A, C and E, and selenium are believed to "mop up" cancer-causing compounds known as free radicals.

However, a report published in the journal Cell Metabolism shows low levels of these free radicals appear to protect against diabetes by helping the body respond to insulin signals.
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Professor Tony Tiganis, an expert in cell biology at Australia's Monash University who led the study, said: "We think there is a delicate balance and that too much of a good thing - surprise, surprise - might be bad.

"I would advise people not to take these supplements because they could be detrimental."

Prof Tiganis's team carried out their research on mice but he said: "There is other evidence antioxidants might be bad for you."

Source: ANI
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