Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Cornell U Study Says Selenium Could Promote Diabetes

Researchers at Cornell University have found that, "higher than normal amounts of selenium, an antioxidant, could promote type 2 diabetes. Mice administered the selenium enzyme developed the precursors of diabetes at a much higher rate than did control mice.

Selenium could damage cell membranes and genetic material and lead to the development of cancer and heart disease.

Xingen Lei, associate professor of animal science at Cornell, said,"Although antioxidants are beneficial for health, too many may be harmful and we need to be more cautious in making recommendations to supplement the diet with them". Lei said more research is needed before people blindly supplement their diets with antioxidants like selenium.

You can read the full report in the June 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or the Cornell, or a report on the Cornell study at:

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