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:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents ... the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and ... highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (PRWEB) , ... June 25, ... ... to helping both athletes and non-athletes recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented ... for the Oklahoma City area —Johnson is one of the first doctors to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance ... and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, ... Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® ... American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to ... and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Nevada (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Vegas client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations ... in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator ... more durable cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it ... funding is led by Innova Memphis, followed by ... private investors.  Arkis, new financing will accelerate the ... market release of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  In a startling report released today, National ... by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. ... of how states are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded ... – Kentucky , New Mexico ... . Of the 28 failing states, three – Michigan ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology ... outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 ... 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A ... product of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will ... 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: