Diabetes mellitus is a disease associated with many factors: genes, lifestyle, and environmental factors. About 50 genes responsible for the increased risk of developing diabetes. Experts from Johns Hopkins have found a relationship between the concentration of zinc in the body and diabetes, says Science World Report.
The study involved 55 volunteers. Researchers conducted the analysis of genes and lifestyle. 23 people were found a modification of one of the proteins associated with the transport of zinc on cellular level (zinc absorption in beta-cells that synthesize insulin). In other cases, this anomaly was not detected.
Each participant in the experiment received 50 mg of zinc twice a day. In addition to zinc, the volunteers were administered glucose was measured by glucose levels after 5 and 10 minutes after administration of the sweet solution.
It turned out a high level of zinc helps the body to cope with the load in the form of excess glucose. The volunteers without modification 2 weeks after the start of the study 26% increased insulin sensitivity, if we compare this with a "modified" group. Scientists summarize: the risk of diabetes of the second type can be reduced, if you monitor the level of zinc in the blood and in time to replenish its reserves.