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Zinc Deficiency And Diabetes

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Scientists Prove The Role Of Zinc In Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Researchers from RUDN University and P. G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University have demonstrated an association between changes in the concentration of trace elements in blood (especially zinc) with prediabetes. The obtained data suggest that zinc metabolism disorders play an important role in the development of diabetes. The results of the study were published in Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. The one of the most important risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes is age over 45 years. Women are especially vulnerable in postmenopause, the final stage of menopause, due to serious hormonal changes. 180 healthy and pre-diabetic representatives of this group were enrolled in the study. "The study was based on the existing data on the role of individual trace elements (zinc, chromium, vanadium) in the insulin signal transduction. At the same time, it is believed that a number of toxic metals (cadmium, mercury) contribute to the development of insulin resistance (insulin resistance of tissues to the insulin signaling) and subsequently diabetes mellitus type 2," says Alexey A. Tinkov, the one of the authors of the article from RUDN University. Type 2 diabetes Continue reading >>

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  1. Karthikeyan

    Zinc supplements and blood sugars

    Before I was diagnosed prediabetic, for at least a year I felt tired & sleepy after lunch. Like 6 months before my diagnosis, I was taking 50 mg zinc a day for a month to see if it helps me build muscle. It did help.
    Looking back, during that month of taking zinc, I had a lot more energy & I definitely didn't feel sleepy after lunch. I am thinking it might have had a positive impact on my blood sugars. So much so, I am wondering if I should start again & test my sugars to see if it has an impact.
    Anybody has any info on this? Can zinc supplementation when you are zinc deficient help a diabetic's blood sugars?

  2. Karthikeyan

    Found a literature review about 'zinc & diabetes'. It does say zinc reduced FBG & PP numbers in studies.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3407731/
    Interesting!

  3. jwags

    I take zinc with my eye vitamins. It really has not helped my bgs at all, although. My eye doctor warned not to take more than the recommended dose of zinc.

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