Studies have revealed that zinc is an essential element in
diabetes mellitus. Zinc is normally bound to insulin and improves the glycaemic
control in diabetes type I and diabetes typeII. It is involved in sugar
metabolism and act as natural catalyst for insulin secretion. In this way, zinc
helps in harnessing diabetes.
Jayawardena et al published a study evaluating the effects
of zinc in diabetics in the journal of 'Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome'.
The experts stated that zinc resulted in
a significant decrease in the systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Zinc
supplements are effective in controlling glucose levels in the blood and
promoting favorable lipid parameters.
The body requirement of zinc increases
with the advancement in age. By
boosting the intake of vitamins and zinc, you can improve your insulin level
and keep a check on the blood glucose. The common dietary sources of zinc are
fish, chicken, egg yolks, cheese, whole grains, etc
The researchers suggested that if you
happen to suffer from diabetes, consult your physician and take zinc
supplements. Your nutritionist might recommend you a zinc-rich diet.
zinc supplements are in no way a replacement to ant -diabetic drugs. They
should be taken in conjunction to these drugs
Effects of zinc supplementation on diabetes
mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Jayawardena et al; Diabetology
and Metabolic Syndrome 2012