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Healthy Teen Years Require Adequate Zinc

There is no specific time in one’s life when zinc is more essential for years of health to come, but it is especially important for teenagers who are actively growing, developing their brains, and strengthening their immune systems; all the while wanting to enjoy a clear and radiant complexion.

Zinc is an essential nutrient that is required in humans to support immune and antioxidant function, growth, and reproduction.  When zinc is deficient, it negatively affects the bone enzyme alkaline phosphatase.  Children and teens must have sufficient zinc on a regular basis to fuel their bone growth along with a sufficient amount of other minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  If you were to look at a blood panel for an adult and a teen; take a look at what is considered a normal zinc range.  An adult will have an upper reference range about half as high as a teen.  What does that mean? Well it means that young people have active bone enzyme activity because they are actively growing, whereas an adult is fully grown. Thus it makes sense that we ensure that our young people are getting sufficient zinc.  A bonus, zinc helps the brain perform better, helping concentration and academic performance, and it helps one keep a healthy complexion and a fueled immune system.

Nutr Res Pract. 2007 Summer; 1(2): 113–119.

 

Aging Smart—with Controlled Blood Sugar

Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes are two very closely related conditions. There are alarming similarities between type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline, including dementia along with the list of major concerns diabetics already face, including heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, and blindness. In fact, in the U.S., more people will die of Alzheimer’s than diabetes this year.

The fact is this: diabetes and elevated blood sugars even getting close but not officially up to diagnosable diabetic levels contribute to obesity, heart disease, eye diseases, increased infections and much more.

Several large studies have found that people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared with healthy people of the same age and sex. Even people with borderline diabetes, which affects a large part of the US population, are also at a hugely increased risk. A recent study found that 70 percent of elderly people with chronically elevated levels of blood glucose were more likely than those with normal levels to develop Alzheimer’s.

The bottom line is this, get your HA1c levels measured.  This is a test that measures blood sugars over the last 3 months within your body.  In the U.S., the cutoff for being too high is 5.7 and my patients target 5.2 as their goal.  So commit to your health and get your HA1c measured.  It is never too late to take charge of your health.

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