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Could grape skins help prevent diabetes complications?

A compound called resveratrol, found in some types of grape skin, could stop complications in people with diabetes, claim researchers.

Scientists from The Peninsula Medical School in England claim that resveratrol protects against damage to blood vessels caused by the high levels of blood glucose in people with diabetes.

Dr Matt Whiteman, senior lecturer at the Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science said: "Resveratrol's antioxidant effects in the test tube are well documented, but our research shows the link between high levels of glucose, its damaging effect on cell structure, and the ability of resveratrol of protect against and mend that damage."

Preliminary Stages

Dr Victoria King, Research Manager at Diabetes UK, said: “While Resveratrol’s anti-oxidant effects have been well-documented, this research is in preliminary stages. Much more research is needed before we can say whether this compound can combat diabetes-related complications.”Resveratrol is also found in seeds, peanuts and red wine.

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