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Mercury Exposure May Increase Diabetes Risk

Fish is often praised for being a super food as it is loaded with nutrients, lean protein and omega 3′s. However, a new study suggests that the mercury found in fish increases the risk of diabetes up to 65%!

The study, lead by Dr. Ka He MD, ScD, MPH of Indiana University, was a longitudinal study covering 3875 Americans over 18 years. They were enrolled in 1987 and followed six times through 2005. The study participants had the amount of mercury in their toenails measured and were then tested for diabetes. After a range of  different factors were accounted, including history of diabetes, lifestyle and dietary factors, researchers found that the incidence of diabetes was 65% higher for participants that had a higher amount of mercury.

This is the first study to ever focus on the impact of mercury on diabetes – these findings are alarming because fish and shellfish is the main source of mercury in people. Doctors agree that because there are so many benefits to eating fish, people should eat fish and shellfish lower in mercury instead of cutting it out of their diet.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 4-12-2013, 2:00 PM

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