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Zinc May Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetics

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. A recent study suggests that higher blood levels of zinc may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with diabetes.

Researchers examined 14 papers that were originally published in the journal Nutrients for their analysis. They found that zinc does have a protective effect against the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, particularly in people with cardiovascular disease risk factors such as type-2 diabetes, as well as in people who had been referred for a coronary angiography.

While the researchers were encouraged by their findings, they also stated that more complete research needs to be undertaken in order to determine the true effect of zinc on cardiovascular disease.

Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand and the University of Sydney in Australia conducted the study. It was published on November 5, 2016, in Nutrients.

Zinc is an essential mineral that has been linked to maintaining a healthy immune system, healing wounds, helping with growth, supporting the reproductive system, and improved eye health.

The human body cannot make zinc, so it’s important to get it from food and supplement sources. Zinc can be found in many foods, including oysters, beef, crab, fortified cereals, lobster, beans, yogurt, nuts, milk, chicken, cheese, and oatmeal.

You can also consume zinc in a supplement form, but be careful not to take too much. Intakes of greater than 150 mg per day have been associated with negative side effects, such as a weakened immune system.

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