You probably already know that sugar and processed carbohydrates are killing us. Type-2 diabetes is rampant in the U.S. Between 1991 and 2000, the prevalence of the disease increased by 50%. It's gone up even more since then. But researchers are finding that sugar and processed carbs aren't the only things increasing our risk for the disease.
This new study looked at the metals zinc, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and nickel to see if they have any impact on diabetes. The results were shocking.
The study looked at the effects of heavy metals using three different tests. They looked at them in vitro (in a test tube), in vivo (in living organisms), and in people. As you may know, zinc is an essential nutrient. The researchers found that a deficiency in zinc contributes to diabetes in an unusual way. Zinc is a mineral that actually protects your body against damage from heavy metals. So you can see where the rest of this study is going.
While zinc protects your body from heavy metals, the other four metals listed above are known neurotoxins. The researchers wanted to know if a lack of zinc and overexposure to the other four metals might lead to diabetes. They found that not only was there a relationship, there was ample evidence to show that arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and nickel all can be a direct cause of diabetes. And without enough zinc to stop the damage, the metals can do even more damage.
The metals all work differently in the body. Arsenic, for instance, alters signaling transduction factors. Those are fancy words that describe how the metal can cause insulin resistance. It basically alters the way your cells handle glucose. Arsenic also causes oxidative stress, which damages the body's ability to metabolize glucose.
In contrast, cadmium damages your body's normal insulin release and it damages insulin receptors. Some studies have shown that it also impairs glucose tolerance.
People who suffer from organic mercury poisoning often have elevated glucose levels in their urine. Based on this information, researchers were able to determine that mercury can be a direct cause of diabetes.
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I've talked a lot about zinc in recent weeks and how taking a high-quality multivitamin like Healthy Resolve can keep your levels in the healthy range. But how do you get rid of these heavy metals? You have to take a detox formula that will remove them. I recommend Advanced Detox Formula, as its powerful sulfur-based nutrients can remove even stubborn heavy metals. This is extremely important for anyone who suffers from insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, and full-blown diabetes. If you're in one of these groups, you must flush heavy metals from your system. IV chelation therapy would be advisable as well.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.