Volume 3, Number 1 (4-2011)                   IJDO 2011, 3(1): 12-18 | Back to browse issues page

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Fatemi Tabatabaei S R, Papahn A A, Jalali M R, Jalilian L. Effect of Supplementation of Diet with Vitamin C on Induction and Consequences of STZ-Diabetes in Rats. IJDO. 2011; 3 (1) :12-18
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OBJECTIVE: Streptozotocin (STZ) destroys the beta cells of pancreas by generation of reactive oxygen species and vitamin C has documented antioxidant properties. This study was designed to evaluate the preventive effect of supplementation of diet by vitamin C on induction of STZ-diabetes and its effect on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism of diabetic rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty male Wistar rats were divided randomly into non-diabetic (ND), diabetic (D), C1, C2 and C3 groups. The diet of C1, C2 and C3 groups were supplemented with 2.5, 5 and 10 g/kg of vitamin C, respectively. Four days later all groups except ND, were made diabetic by IP injection of STZ and blood glucose was measured 72 h later to determine the severity of blood glucose elevation. Weight gain was measured weekly. 21 days after induction of diabetes Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C), triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC), HDL-c and LDL-c were measured or calculated in plasma of 6 diabetic rats in each groups that their glucose was more than 200 mg/dl after STZ injection. RESULTS: Vitamin C significantly prevented blood glucose elevation after STZ injection in group C2. Weight gain decreased in all diabetic groups. Increase of HbA1c could not be prevented by vitamin C in any groups. TC and LDL-c decreased and HDL% increased in group C3. CONCLUSION: We suggest that the amount of vitamin C consumption may have an important effect on STZ-diabetes induction and it may be in agreement with opposite effects of free radicals on insulin receptor signaling. Furthermore, vitamin C may have some beneficial effects on lipid metabolism disorders of diabetes.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2011/08/16

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