Zinc Deficiency And Diabetes

Share on facebook

Micronutrient Information Center

Contents Summary Zinc is a nutritionally essential mineral needed for catalytic, structural, and regulatory functions in the body. (More information) Severe zinc deficiency is a rare, genetic or acquired condition. Dietary zinc deficiency, often called marginal zinc deficiency, is quite common in the developing world, affecting an estimated 2 billion people. (More information) The RDA for adult men and women is 11 mg/day and 8 mg/day of zinc, respectively. (More information) Zinc deficiency can cause impaired growth and development in children, pregnancy complications, and immune dysfunction and increased susceptibility to infections. (More information) Zinc supplementation has been studied as a possible treatment for the common cold, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes mellitus, and HIV/AIDS. (More information) Zinc bioavailability is relatively high in meat, eggs, and seafood; zinc is less bioavailable from whole grains and legumes due to the inhibitory effects of phytic acid on absorption of the mineral. (More information) Long-term consumption of zinc in excess of the tolerable upper intake level (40 mg/day for adults) can result in copper deficiency. (More information) Continue reading >>

Share on facebook

Popular Questions

  1. candy43

    I am new to the forum. I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type II several weeks ago and have some questions that I can't seem to get answered
    from researching myself and my doctor give me conflicting information. I'd appreciate any help.
    A year ago, I had a A1C of 6.2 and was told that I was insulin resistant but did not get a diagnosis of diabetes...The doctor just said, You are insulin resistant, get this book called Sugar busters and that was it. I should have asked more questions now I think about it, but I didn't.
    This year was probably the most stressful of my life. I divorced, had to sell my home of 13 years because I was layed off, my father died, I moved into an apt, my daughter had migraine problems, then she got mono....I got pneumonia in one lung, was put on prednisone for four days, clarithromycin, and continued to take a drug called norethindrone which I have been on for going on four months now because of irregular bleeding every two weeks and endometriosis like symptoms. I also have PCOS, Polycystic ovarian syndrome.
    When in the hospital for pneumonia, the nurse pricked my finger and I had a blood sugar reading of 312. I told her that I had just eaten 2 jelly donuts a half-hour ago but she said that didn't matter. The ER doctor told me I had diabetes and wrote a RX for metformin on the spot, asking me to follow-up with my primary for a blood glucose test. An A1C, now showed 6.9.
    The night before the blood glucose test, I was depressed and ate a whole pound of ground beef. with taco seasoning, and some taco shells. 10 hours of fasting later, my blood glucose reading turned out to be 174 and I was diagnosed. Here are my questions.
    1. Could eating that much ground beef have caused the high blood glucose reading. Wouldn't someone eating that much protein have unusually high numbers for a fasting blood glucose? I had another fasting blood test 3 days ago after 15 hours fasting and it was 93 but that was after I was taking 500 mg of Metformin a day and exercising for three weeks.
    2. Could this diabetes be totally drug-induced and if so, is this diabetes reversable? I've heard diabetes can't be cured. Is that even if its drug and stress induced? The doctor said norethindrone would not have caused it, but in my research on the net, I see that norethindrone does cause high blood sugar in some people. Also, the prednisone, although only four days, I believe could have made matters worse, even though the Dr says that is not long enough to be on it to cause diabetes. Other articles I've read say any amt of time on prednisone will raise your numbers. I've also read that just having the flu is enough to cause people to have high blood sugar, so certainly the stress of pneumonia may have contributed, no?
    3. Finally, I have been through so much stressful situations as a single Mom, could that have not contributed and once I am off the norethindrone, and less stressed is is possible to go back to being non-diabetic? Or once you're diabetic, is there nothing you can do to turn back the clock?
    4. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, norethindrone, pneumonia, prednisone, eating too much protein before a blood glucose test, severe stress.....are these not all things that once they go away, I could return back to a normal blood glucose reading? I've always heard you should have three blood glucose tests to confirm diabetes but I only technically had one while off metformin. I didn't have the test where you drink something after fasting and get tested two hours later either. My blood pressure and cholesterol are normal.
    Thanks so much for any insight.

  2. fgummett

    Sorry to hear of your troubles and also sorry to tell you that someone without D may spike a higher Blood Sugar after meals but not by as much as we do. Someone without D can pretty much eat as much as they like and their body will still keep the sugar level under control.

  3. candy43

    hey and thanks so much for replying. That is kinda hard to hear but I'd rather hear the truth. Now, not to be slow but is the fasting blood sugar I had the same thing as taking my blood sugar with a glucometer.
    and are you saying that if I had a normal blood sugar, eating that large amt of beef b/f my fasting blood glucose would not have given me a 174? I'm sorry. I'm so confused. Please forgive me.

  4. -> Continue reading
read more close

Related Articles

  • Diabetes And Zinc

    Oxidant stress in rats with mild zinc deficiency Although zinc can theoretically influence the processes associated with oxidant stress, the practical consequences of this for nutrition have not been studied extensively. During the past few years, researchers at our laboratory have asked the question: Does mild zinc deficiency in rats influence oxidant stress? Four observations, outlined in Table 2, suggest that the answer is yes. In each case, z ...

    diabetes Jan 6, 2018
  • Zinc And Blood Sugar

    You will find supplements for anything and everything these days. Even when you do not suffer from an ailment, supplements are suggested to keep you healthy and ailment-free. According to CDC, use of supplements is common among US adult population – over 50% adults used supplements during 2003-2006, with multivitamins/multiminerals being the most commonly used. So when you are a diabetic, especially if you have prediabetes and type-2 diabetes, ...

    blood sugar Jan 6, 2018
  • Zinc Diabetes

    Abstract: Diabetes mellitus has been increasing rapidly worldwide, making it a huge health pressure on society in both the developed and developing countries. During the last thirty years, diabetes mellitus, a chronic metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia is proving itself to be fatal. Periodontitis was considered as one of the main, oral health problems encountered in patients with diabetes mellitus. There exists a direct relation bet ...

    diabetes Feb 10, 2018
  • Role Of Zinc In Diabetes Mellitus

    Tweet Depending on the type of treatment regimen you use to control your diabetes, there are some vitamins and minerals that may be beneficial for your condition. Before adding any vitamins or adding dietary supplements to your daily diet, discuss these changes with your healthcare team and doctor to ensure they are safe alongside any prescribed medication you're on. ALA and GLA ALA (alpha-lipoic acid) is a versatile and potent antioxidant, and m ...

    blood sugar Feb 25, 2018
  • Insulin Human Recombinant Zinc Solution

    Go to: Abstract Background In order to enhance the absorption of insulin following subcutaneous injection, excipients were selected to hasten the dissociation rate of insulin hexamers and reduce their tendency to reassociate postinjection. A novel formulation of recombinant human insulin containing citrate and disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) has been tested in clinic and has a very rapid onset of action in patients with diabetes. ...

    insulin Jan 5, 2018
  • Diabetes And Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Information for physicians and patients regarding HbS, HbC, HbE and HbD traits More about hemoglobin variants and HbA1c can also be found at the NIDDK web site: Sickle Cell Trait and Other Hemoglobinopathies and Diabetes: Important Information for Physicians For People of African, Mediterranean, or Southeast Asian Heritage: Important Information about Diabetes Blood Tests Factors that Interfere with HbA1c Measurement: Genetic variants (e.g. HbS t ...

    diabetes Jan 28, 2018

Popular Articles

More in diabetes

Whoops, looks like something went wrong.