Selenium Cuts Diabetes Risk


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The more selenium people had in their toenails, the lower their risk of type 2 diabetes.  People with the highest level of selenium had a 24% lower risk of developing diabetes.

Researchers assessed the selenium levels in people’s toenails because toe nail selenium reflects the amount of selenium in the body as a whole.

Selenium is a building block of a powerful antioxidant called Glutathione Peroxidase (GSH-Px). GSH-Px is manufactured within each cell of the body and protects cells from damage.  GSH-Px may help protect the body from harmful changes that lead to type 2 diabetes.


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