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Is it true that zinc helps the pancreas to produce insulin.Which will make zinc as a good supplement for diabetics.

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine

In brief: Yes-proven benefits!

Good question!zinc does play a key role in the synthesis & action of insulin;diabetes leads to zinc deficiency which may exacerbate oxidative stress caused by diabetes.
See http://www.Jacn.Org/content/17/2/109.Full zinc has been shown to significantly improve blood sugar in people with both type 1 &2 diabetes in several studies- see http://www.Dmsjournal.Com/content/4/1/13 zinc is safe & cheap.

In brief: Yes-proven benefits!

Good question!zinc does play a key role in the synthesis & action of insulin;diabetes leads to zinc deficiency which may exacerbate oxidative stress caused by diabetes.
See http://www.Jacn.Org/content/17/2/109.Full zinc has been shown to significantly improve blood sugar in people with both type 1 &2 diabetes in several studies- see http://www.Dmsjournal.Com/content/4/1/13 zinc is safe & cheap.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Dan Fisher
From the cited article Journal of Clinical Nutrition April 1998: "While several aspects of diet management in diabetes have been proven beneficial, at this time, it is not yet possible to conclude if there are any real, clinically important, benefits from supplemental Zn in either Type I or Type II diabetes."
Dr. Randy Baker
Yes, Dr. Fisher, that was a perfectly valid statement "at this time" which was 1998. Many studies have been done since. Quoting from the 2012 study also cited above "This first comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of Zinc supplementation in patients with diabetes demonstrates that Zinc supplementation has beneficial effects on glycaemic control and promotes healthy lipid parameters."
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine

In brief: It may be.

But the effect is probably more theoretical than practical.
There is no specific reason to supplement zinc in diabetes.

In brief: It may be.

But the effect is probably more theoretical than practical.
There is no specific reason to supplement zinc in diabetes.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Dr. Dan Fisher
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Dr. Randy Baker
A meta-analysis of 25 published studies of zinc in Type 1 & 2 diabetes found a mean reduction of fasting glucose of 18.13, decrease in 2 hour post-prandial of 34.87, and 0.54 reduction in HbA1c, as well as reductions in LDL and blood pressure. See http://www.dmsjournal.com/content/4/1/13
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