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Garlic Oil Shows Protective Effect against Heart Disease in Diabetes

Posted: Sunday, October 10, 2010

Garlic has "significant" potential for preventing cardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is a leading cause of death in people with diabetes, scientists from the Deptartment of Biological Science and Technology, China Medical University, Taiwan, have concluded in a new study. The report also explains why people with diabetes are at high risk for diabetic cardiomyopathy.

Wei-Wen Kuo, PhD, lead researcher, noted that people with diabetes have at least twice the risk of death from heart disease as others, with heart disease accounting for 80 percent of all diabetes-related deaths. They are especially vulnerable to a form of heart disease termed diabetic cardiomyopathy, which inflames and weakens the heart's muscle tissue. Kuo's group had hints from past studies that garlic might protect against heart disease in general and also help control the abnormally high blood sugar levels that occur in diabetes. But they realized that few studies had been done specifically on garlic's effects on diabetic cardiomyopathy.

The scientists fed either garlic oil or corn oil to laboratory rats with diabetes. Animals given garlic oil experienced beneficial changes associated with protection against heart damage. The changes appeared to be associated with the potent antioxidant properties of garlic oil, the scientists say, adding that they identified more than 20 substances in garlic oil that may contribute to the effect. "In conclusion, garlic oil possesses significant potential for protecting hearts from diabetes-induced cardiomyopathy," the report notes.

Source: http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/index.phpoption =com_content&view=article&id=9902&catid=53&Itemid=8, "Cardiac Contractile Dysfunction and Apoptosis in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats Are Ameliorated by Garlic Oil Supplementation" Michael Bernstein, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Sept 29, 2010

 
 
 
 
 
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