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Vitamin B6 in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

In a study involving 64 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and 8-11% glycated hemoglobin (A1C), along with 28 age-matched non-diabetic subjects, a higher percentage of diabetics were found to have plasma PLP (pyridoxal 5'-phosphate) < 30 nmol/L (indicator of vitamin B6 status), as compared to non-diabetics. The authors state, "plasma PLP levels should be monitored in pre-diabetic patients with diabetic risk factors as well as in newly diagnosed diabetic patients for long-term management of diabetes...."

Reference:

"Assessment of vitamin B(6) status in Korean patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes," Ahn HJ, Min KW, et al, Nutr Res Pract, 2011 Feb; 5(1): 34-9. (Address: Department of Internal Medicine, Eulji Medical College, Seoul 139-872, Korea).

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