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The eyes contain many nerves, and are thus at risk for damage in diabetes patients. Diabetic retinopathy, damage to the retina caused by leaky blood vessels, is a major cause of blindness in people with diabetes. Pycnogenol improved microcirculation, retinal edema and visual acuity in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy in a 2009 study. reduce neuropathic def ici ts and improved cardiac autonomic neuropathy.57 In a 2006 study, oral treatment with alpha lipoic acid for five weeks improved neuropathic symptoms and deficits in patients with distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSP, when many nerves throughout the body malfunction simultaneously).58 Ubiquinone, a reduced form of CoQ10, was shown to protect the kidneys by preserving mitochondrial function in an experimental model of type 2 diabetic nephropathy. 59 stopped the diabetes-induced shift toward nerve damage. 60 In a 2008 study, CoQ10 And CoQ10 and alpha-tocopherol, in combinat ion and separately, decrease HbA1c levels and lipid peroxidation in the pancreases of diabetic rats in a 2008 Portuguese study.61 The eyes contain many nerves, and are thus at risk for damage in diabetes patients. Diabetic retinopathy, damage to the retina caused by leaky blood vessels, is a major cause of blindness in people with diabetes. Pycnogenol improved microcirculation, retinal edema and visual acuity in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy in a 2009 study. 62 An earlier study found Pycnogenol slowed the progression of diabetic retinopathy, while the retinopathy progressively worsened and the visual acuity significantly decreased in the placebo group.63 From the eyes to the heart to the waistline, natural ingredients can help address complications associated with diabetes, of fering the million of those who suf fer with the disease and those at risk a way to help stabilize blood glucose levels. For a list of references, email INSIDERreferences@vpico.com. FIND When You Need It! Search for suppliers by: t *OHSFEJFOUT t 4FSWJDFT What You Need, t $PNQBOZ OBNF t .PSF Visit naturalproductsinsider.com/buyers-guide or scan the QR code to search today! 34 INSIDER ¥ APRIL 2012 Online Buyer's Guide DIABETES

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