Increased Mercury Leads to Increased Risk of Diabetes

The Physicians Committee

Increased Mercury Leads to Increased Risk of Diabetes

April 17, 2013

People exposed to mercury in young adulthood are more likely to develop diabetes later in life, according to a new study published by the American Diabetes Association. Researchers followed 2,875 Americans for an average of 18 years. Those who were exposed to the most mercury were 65 percent more likely to develop diabetes, compared with those who had the least mercury exposure. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the most common way Americans are exposed to mercury is through eating fish.

He K, Xun P, Liu K, Morris S, Reis J, Guallar E. Mercury exposure in young adulthood and incidence of diabetes later in life: the CARDIA trace element study. Diabetes Care. Published ahead of print February 19, 2013.

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