Recent research has shown that vitamin E may help diabetics prevent heart disease.
A team from the Technion-Israel Institute has revealed in a paper published in the journal Diabetes Care that about 40 per cent of diabetes patients can reduce their risk of a heart attack or heart disease by taking the vitamin.
Led by Dr Andrew Levy, the team had previously discovered that diabetics with the blood protein haptoglobin had up to 500 per cent increased risk of developing heart disease.
The new study demonstrates that when patients took 400 international units of vitamin E daily they reduced their risk of a heart attack by 43 per cent.
The risk of dying from heart disease had also been reduced by a massive 55 per cent.
A large scale study of 2,000 diabetics will take place over the next five years.
Dr Levy said: "If this larger study confirms our findings, the public health implications will be huge. Vitamin E would represent an inexpensive and safe way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and heart attack in a significant proportion of diabetic patients."
Meanwhile it has been reported that the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes is calling for tougher treatment targets for the condition.
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