A research team from the College of Pharmacy of the al-Kafeel University succeeded in finding a relationship between diabetes readings during the Corona pandemic, through their research published in one of the Italian international journals classified within Scopas and Clarifit, also published on the site (PubMed), which scientific and practical results led to resulting that the presence of vitamin C in the blood changes glucose readings significantly, especially with the high consumption of vitamin C during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assistant Professor Dr. Zaid Mahdi Jaber Al-Obaidi explained to Al-Kafeel Network, saying: “All of the teacher, Dr. Yasmine Ali Hussein, and Professor Dr. Muhammad Inside Al-Rikabi, and myself made this research that was focus on the influence of vitamin-C intake on blood glucose measurements in COVID-19 pandemic.”
Introduction: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is declared as pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 2020. One of the heavily utilized measures during this pandemic is vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid). Unfortunately, vitamin C has been associated with glucose measurement interference and thus this study highlights the elevated levels of blood glucose correlated with the presence of vitamin C interference.
Methodology: Thirty samples were selected randomly and the blood glucose were measured prior and post the addition of spiked standard concentrations of vitamin C. The interference of vitamin C with glucose readings in COVID-19 pandemic were evaluated and observed employing the Auto Chemistry Analyzer machine.
Results: The addition of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) standards (spikes) into the isolated samples shows a correlated increment in the reading measures. Thereafter, the increments of Random Blood Sugar (RBS) readings after being spiked with the vitamin C standards shows a logarithmic correlation with good interesting R-squared (R2 = 0.9921).
Conclusions: The authors find that the presence of vitamin C in blood actively and significantly alters the glucose level readings especially with the highly consumption of vitamin C during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is noteworthy that the research was published on the website of the National Center for Biotechnical Information (PubMed) via the link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33690202/
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