Role Of Zinc In Diabetes Mellitus

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Take Zinc If Your Diabetes Is High

If you are healthy, you may not need to take a zinc supplement. But if your health isn’t good enough, a new meta-analysis indicates that you probably need to take one. The study categorizes people with type 2 diabetes as “non-healthy.” The mineral zinc plays an important role in how our bodies use insulin and in the metabolism of carbohydrates. When non-healthy people take a zinc supplement, the new study found that they can “significantly reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.” An earlier meta-analysis focused entirely on people with diabetes. It found that zinc helps us manage both our blood glucose and lipids better. The journal Nutrition and Metabolism published the new meta-analysis in 2015 as “Effects of Zinc supplementation on serum lipids.” Some of these same researchers published the earlier meta-analysis, “Effects of Zinc Supplementation on Diabetes Mellitus,” in the journal Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome in 2015. The full texts of both studies are free online. Low levels of zinc can be deadly One third of all the people in the world are deficient in zinc. Marginal zinc deficiency is common in developed countries, and severe zi Continue reading >>

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  1. smorgan

    Sorry, perhaps that wasn't a good "style". Correct, it was not entirely responsive to things actually said in this thread but to lots of things being said in lots of places. I hope some of the points raised may nonetheless be useful to someone in spite of that. I certainly wasn't arguing with you, so please don't take it that way.

    Originally Posted by fgummett
    I don't see anyone in the thread using such definite terms as "NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR IS 83"... do you? I see lots of discussion of ranges and below a specified value by a certain time after eating etc... hence my confusion. I'm not sure why you felt the need to correct an assumption when I see no evidence for any such assumption.

  2. Charactermatters

    HFCS is High Fuctose Corn Syrup.:-)

  3. Charactermatters

    I am a non-diabetic that is concerned because of family history.
    Over the years my fasting blood glucose has been in the 78 - 91 range. The last test I took at a doctor's office was about 3 years ago. I recently got the BG meter and have been checking my blood.
    Day 1: 98 PM Reading Then 20 minutes later 101.
    Day 2: After an 8 hour fast: 109 then 1 hour after eating 102 then 2 hours after eating 112 then 3 hours after eating/94
    Day 3: 14 hour fast: 65/ did it again 68 then 2 hours after meal 95
    Day 4: after lunch 114 then 1 hour after dinner 92 then 2 hours after meal 82
    Day 5: Random reading after dinner and carb snack: 107
    These seem very high to me. They also seem like the numbers are spiking or flucuation. I really don't know, so I wanted to see if someone knows if these numbers mean spiking or problems for a non-diabetic with a family history.

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