Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Zinc + Vit D In Helping Diabetes

Low serum vitamin D levels are more closely associated with diabetes than obesity is, claim Spanish researchers, who go on to suggest that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
They found that serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels are reduced in prediabetic and diabetic individuals compared with those who have normal blood glucose levels, independently of body mass index (BMI).
The study was published online February 23 in the  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
"Our findings indicate that vitamin D is associated more closely with glucose metabolism than obesity," commented senior author Manuel Macías-González, PhD, of the University of Málaga, Spain. "The study suggests that vitamin D deficiency and obesity interact synergistically to heighten the risk of diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
"The average person may be able to reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough outdoor activity," he suggested.
This is interesting with Ireland and also with CF. Vitamin D is a fat solubale vitamin and we all know that PWCF cannot absorb them. However, you can get Vit D from the sun, and thats what the study also suggested. Although, CFRD isn't down to not just getting enough sun, getting outdoors, or maybe taking a Vit D supplement can help with CFRD.  Also, Vit D deficiency can also be related to depression and low moods. 
Consult your Dr before jumping into buying Vit D supplement!!!
Zinc is also another supplement that can help with Diabetes. It is an essential mineral that plays very important roles in the body. We cannot make zinc, so we need to find it from food sources. seafood, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and dairy products. Zinc is better absorbed from animal foods than from plant foods, since compounds called phytates that are found in plants can hinder its absorption
It is stored in the muscles, blood cells, the retina of the eye, skin, bones, kidney, liver, pancreas and in men, the prostate.
Zinc helps with our immunity system to function correctly, in the form of an antioxidant. It protects our cells from free radicals. 
However, I'm not talking about zinc to help our immune system but I feel its good to point it out. Zinc is essential for the formation of insulin in the pancreas. 
Interestingly, a study over 7 years showed that people with Diabetes and who died from a heart attack were zinc deficient. 
One reason for this is that diabetics tend to have increased excretion of zinc. Additionally, high blood sugar levels creates significant oxidative stress. Thanks to research from UCD we know about oxidative stress and mucus formation in CF ( UCD Research on CF ). The use of antioxidants has been shown to help improve oxidation, while also enhancing your body’s response to insulin.

On another note, zinc can also improve your mood. People who suffer with depression have shown to have lower zinc levels.

But before you go popping any of the above, talk with your Dr as there are some side effects to both supplement. 

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