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Did you know that renowned cell biologist Bruce Ames, PhD. says magnesium helps preserve telomeres, the protective tips of chromosomes, where your genes are stored. A lack of magnesium shortens telomeres and accelerates aging.


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Too Much Stored Iron May Accelerate the Onset of the Diabetic State.

Bonnie: The pancreas is the "diabetes organ" because it produces beta cells, found in the islets of Langerhans, which play a crucial role in the disease. Beta cells respond to an increase in sugar levels in the blood stream by releasing insulin (which they store) and also producing more of the hormone so sugar can be transported into the cells. In people who have type 2 diabetes, the beta cells are unable to produce enough of the insulin the body needs. One reason for this problem may be blamed on the increased activity of a protein that transports iron and also destroys beta cells.


A study in the September issue of PLoS One is the first to show to a link between inflammation and the transport of iron, which the investigators believe to be the underlying cause of a higher risk for diabetes. Inflammatory signal factors produced around the beta cells in people who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes speed up the activity of the iron transporter.


What this new study means is that individuals who have prediabetes or who are concerned about developing diabetes may want to talk to their healthcare providers about their use of iron supplements and iron in their diet.


This is one of the reasons I always look at Ferritin (stored iron) levels. Too much stored iron wreaks havoc on all organs, including the pancreas. This is also why I also never recommend supplemental iron (not even in fortified breads and cereals) to men and post menopausal women unless they are clinically iron deficient.


Do not misconstrue the fact that supplemental and dietary iron are desperately crucial for those who need it, as long as it is properly absorbed and taken at the correct dosage.


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Spaniards Are Eating More Like Us.


A study in journal Nutrition showed that the Spanish population is drifting away from the Mediterranean diet to adopt a less healthy diet, typical of Western countries. Not surprisingly, more frequent cases of chronic disease associated with American culture, such as obesity and diabetes, are appearing.
In light of another study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that a Mediterranean diet had long lasting effects on weight when promoted in the workplace, Spanish public health leaders would be best served by going back to basics.  


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