The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium (Se) on the skin tissue of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Swiss albino rats were divided into four groups: control, control?+?antioxidants, diabetic, diabetic?+?antioxidants groups. diabetes was induced by intraperitoneal injection of 65?mg/kg streptozotocin. Vitamin C (250?mg/kg), Vitamin E (250?mg/kg) and Se (0.2?mg/kg) were given by gavage technique to rats of one diabetic and one control group for 30?days. In the diabetic group, the levels of serum urea and creatinine, skin lipid peroxidation and nonenzymatic glycosylation levels increased, but skin glutathione levels decreased. Treatment with Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Se reversed these effects. The present study showed that Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Se exerted antioxidant effects and consequently may prevent skin damage caused by streptozotocin-induced diabetes.
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