, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 235-241
Date: 05 Jul 2007

Glycotoxins in the diet promote diabetes and diabetic complications

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Abstract

Oxidant stress underlies diabetes and diabetic complications, including cardiovascular, renal, and retinal disease. Advanced glycation end products (AGEs), or glycotoxins, are a significant contributor to oxidant stress in diabetes. The diet is a major, unrecognized source of AGEs. Importantly, reduction of dietary AGEs decreases circulating inflammatory markers in both diabetic patients and prediabetic patients and complications in animal models. This beneficial outcome requires only a 50% decrease in dietary AGEs, making this necessary intervention practical and inexpensive.