Abnormal low-density lipoprotein (LDL), lipid composition and anti-oxidant content are associated with an increased susceptibility to oxidation of LDL derived from diabetic patients, according to a recent study. Researchers compared the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) drawn from patients with diabetes mellitus to normoglycemic controls. They also followed-up the effects of dietary beta-carotene supplementation on LDL oxidation. The researchers concluded that natural beta-carotene dietary supplementationnormalises the enhanced low-density lipoprotein and may be important indelaying accelerated development of atherosclerosis in patients with diabetesmellitus. Results of the study are published in September issue of Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism.