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Darn that diet, anyway

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6:58pm, January 24, 2003

From San Antonio, Texas, at the 60th annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association

Eating wisely may not be as easy as it sounds. Scientists report that some seemingly healthful foods, such as broiled chicken and baked fish, expose the diner to high concentrations of compounds that may damage the cardiovascular system—for example, by binding to blood vessel walls and making them less elastic. People with diabetes who have higher-than-normal concentrations of advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, in their blood are more likely to develop kidney and cardiovascular problems than are those with low concentrations, notes Jill P. Crandall of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

AGEs result from a complex reaction of sugars and proteins, and scientists have measured the amounts that are produced as a person digests food. AGEs are also abundant in some cooked food before it is digested, say the researchers. The team set out to see what effects di

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