Most People with Diabetes Should Stop Iron Supplements
February 16, 2017 by David Mendosa
When you have too much iron in your blood or stored elsewhere in your body might be why your blood glucose level is above normal. In fact, too much iron can even be why you got diabetes. Yet about one out of every five Americans regularly takes an iron supplement.
For years researchers have suspected that when your body accumulates too much iron you are at risk of a host of diseases, according to Berkeley Wellness . In addition to diabetes, iron overload is linked to colorectal cancer, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries, as well as to strokes, Alzheimers Disease, and Parkinsons disease.
But only now do we have studies demonstrating the connection between excess iron and diabetes.
Even mildly elevated body iron contributes to the prevalence and incidence of type 2 diabetes, states the news release from the University of Eastern Finland announcing the publication of these studies.
One of these recent studies looked at why men are more likely to have diabetes than women. The International Diabetes Federation estimated that 215.2 million men and 199.5 million women a difference of more than 15 million people had diabetes worldwide in 2015.
Only the abstract of this study, Gender difference in type 2 diabetes and the role of body iron stores , is free online. But the lead author, Alex Aregbesola, M.D., Ph.D., emailed me the full text upon my request. Dr. Aregbesola is a researcher at the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland. This study, which includes a prospectiv Continue reading