Navigation Links
Mercury Exposure Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk
Date:4/8/2013

MONDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- Young adults who have higher levels of mercury in their systems may face a 65 percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life, a new study warns.

The findings -- which are the first to link mercury and diabetes in humans -- are alarming in terms of nutrition because eating fish and shellfish is the main source of mercury in people, the researchers added.

They noted that nearly all fish and shellfish contain traces of mercury, but they also contain lean protein and other important nutrients, such as magnesium and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which could counter the effects of mercury.

The study included nearly 3,900 men and women between the ages of 20 and 32 who were free of diabetes in 1987 and followed until 2005. Mercury levels in their toenails were measured, and they were tested for diabetes during the study period. The link between mercury levels and type 2 diabetes risk was established after the researchers controlled for a number of lifestyle and dietary factors.

Compared to other participants, the people with the highest levels of mercury had healthier lifestyles (lower levels of body fat, smaller waist sizes and higher levels of exercise) and also ate more fish.

The findings, published recently in the journal Diabetes Care, highlight the need for people to select seafood known to have low levels of mercury, said study leader Ka He, an epidemiologist at the Indiana University School of Public Health.

Types of seafood with lower levels of mercury include shrimp, salmon and catfish, while those with higher levels include swordfish and shark.

Although the study found an association between higher mercury levels and later development of type 2 diabetes, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has more about the health effects of mercury.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Indiana University, news release, April 8, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Toxic mercury, accumulating in the Arctic, springs from a hidden source
2. Dr. Oz Misses Key Point On Mercury Amalgam’s Impact On Human Health
3. Antibody therapy prevents gastrointestinal damage following radiation exposure in mice
4. Genetic variants, tobacco exposure and lung cancer risk
5. Leaded Gas Exposure Linked to Later Violence: Study
6. Majority of states fail to address youth exposure to alcohol marketing
7. Prenatal exposure to pollution especially dangerous for children with asthma
8. Novel biomarkers reveal evidence of radiation exposure
9. Education May Protect Brain From Exposure to Solvents
10. Taking Anti-HIV Meds Prior to Exposure May Help Prevent Infection
11. New research showing how real-life exposure to violence disrupts a childs sleep habits
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Mercury Exposure Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk
(Date:4/29/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2017 , ... ... celebrate the profession and recognize the positive impact veterinarians have on animal health ... and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) choose a theme each year ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... NC (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... announce its new partnership with the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA). This ... and Private Duty Accreditation services, as well as discounts on Accreditation University (AU) ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... Beginning in ... of their formulas. This begins with the popular ClearLungs Extra Strength formula. To ensure ... changing the formula in the following ways:, , Removal of ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... distribution of the GlycoMark test throughout the Northeast U.S. , GlycoMark is ... with diabetes. The GlycoMark test provides a clinically proven one- to two-week measure ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... elected volunteer board members and officers for 2017-2018. The annual board election process has ... serving on a volunteer basis. , Thomas C. Dickerson, Ed.D., FACHE, succeeds Jim Hamilton, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... MINNEAPOLIS , April 20, 2017  Cogentix ... company focused on providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and ... reported that Ash Keswani has joined the Company ... In this newly created position, Mr. Keswani will ... and CEO. "Our organization is delighted ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... Market and Increasing Usage of Complex Biologics during the Forecast Period" ... ... 20 Billion in 2015 to around USD 26 Billion by 2020. ... by Rapidly Expanding Injectables Market and Increasing Usage of Complex Biologics ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017 Eyevensys, a private ... non-viral gene expression technology that enables the safe, local, ... address a wide range of ophthalmic diseases, announces it ... products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to advance its technology into ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: