Mercury Linked to Diabetes

Increased mercury levels in the body are being linked to increased risk of diabetes. A simple, inexpensive hair analysis can help us discern whether or not you might be at risk. Please call!

AANP – Higher Human Mercury Levels Linked To Diabetes – (Thursday, April 11, 2013)–A new study found that higher levels of mercury exposure in young adults increased their risks for type 2 diabetes later in life by 65 percent. (The study is first to establish a link between mercury and diabetes. The main source of mercury in humans is consumption of fish and shellfish, nearly all of which contain traces of mercury. Fish and shellfish also contain lean protein and other nutrients, such as magnesium and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, that make them important to a healthy diet.) The study established a strong link between mercury levels and type 2 diabetes risk even after controlling for lifestyle and other dietary factors such as magnesium and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could counter the effects of the mercury. It is important to select fish known to have low levels of mercury, such as shrimp, salmon and catfish, and avoiding fish with higher levels, such as swordfish and shark. The overall impact of fish consumption may reflect interactions of nutrients and contaminants in fish.

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