Sunday, July 18, 2010

Vitamins May Not Curb High Blood Pressure in Pregnant Diabetics

(HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin C and E supplements will not lower the risk of the blood pressure disorder known as preeclampsia in pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, a new study finds.

Women with diabetes are at high risk for preeclampsia (a sudden increase in the mother's blood pressure after the 20th week of pregnancy), and prior research has suggested that because type 1 diabetes is associated with increased oxidative stress and lower levels of antioxidants in the body, taking antioxidant vitamins might help.

The British study included 762 pregnant women with type 1 diabetes. They were randomly assigned to take 1000 milligrams of vitamin C and 400 international units (IU) vitamin E (379 women) or placebo (383 women) daily from between eight and 22 weeks of gestation and delivery.

The rate of preeclampsia was 15 percent in the vitamins group and 19 percent in the placebo group. However, taking vitamins seemed to significantly lower the risk of preeclampsia in women with low antioxidant status at the start of the study and appeared to reduce the risk of having a low birthweight baby (6 percent vs. 10 percent). Also, fewer women in the vitamin C group had preterm babies. Read more...

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