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Since hyperglycemia does damage to tissues mostly through oxidation, it is speculated[1] that antioxidants may help reduce and heal this damage to the body. Some dietary supplements are known antioxidants.

Some people suggest that supplementing a diabetic cat's diet with carefully controlled amounts of mixed-tocopherol Vitamin E, plus Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3, 6, and 9) in the form of fish oils, plus Taurine, makes a powerful antioxidant cocktail and can lower insulin needs.

Other possibilities Edit

SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine)[2] is another untested dietary supplement known for improving liver health and with possible antioxidant properties.

CoQ10 (Co-enzyme Q10) is another controversial[3] dietary supplement that is not yet tested on animals but may show promise.

Further ReadingEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Chronic Oxidative Stress as a Central Mechanism for Glucose Toxicity in Pancreatic Islet Beta Cells in Diabetes, P. Robertson, Pacific Northwest R.I.
  2. University of Maryland Medical Center on SAM-e
  3. Mayo Clinic on CoQ10

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