Almost 3 million people in the UK are diagnosed as diabetic, with 90% of cases being classified as type 2 diabetics. The type 2 diabetes epidemic is further on the increase as poor lifestyle choices leads to an increase in obesity and consequently an increased risk of developing the disease. Type 2 diabetes represents a major health concern as it can cause damage to organs if left untreated and can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease .
Published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, groundbreaking new scientific research at the University of Montreal and CHUM Research Centre have demonstrated the potent effects of Vitamin A derivatives in treating obesity and type 2 diabetes. This has major implications in the field of cardiovascular treatment as it can potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases associated with diabetes and obesity.
The researchers looked at the effects that Vitamin A derivative supplements had on obese, diabetic mice. Astonishingly it was found that these mice had significantly lower blood glucose, body weight and percentage body fat at the end of the trial. This demonstrates the incredible effects of Vitamin A in controlling diabetes as blood glucose was lower after supplementation.
The weight loss associated with Vitamin A supplementation was explained to have occurred because Vitamin A stimulates brown fat. White fat cells are the cells that fat cells that store energy as fat. Brown fat cells use their fat stores to release heat to keep your body at a constant temperature. By increasing the activity of these brown fat cells, Vitamin A helps to essentially ‘burn fat’. It was found that mice given Vitamin A had an increased expression of genes that conferred cardio-protective effects. These genes prevented the deposition of collagen in the heart tissue, thereby reducing the occurrence of fibrotic lesions, which are a known cause of heart attacks.
Senior Nutritionist at Vitamin Planet, Sophie Stamford has commented, “We have seen a real peak in interest for cardio-protective supplements since articles highlighting the benefits of vitamins have been published. As well as Vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids have extremely powerful effects in protecting against heart disease and we have seen sales of our OmegaPure rocket.” OmegaPure is a superior quality fish oil supplement that contains high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to reduce serum triglyceride levels.