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Link Between Low Potassium Levels and Incident Type 2 Diabetes Disparity

Link Between Low Potassium Levels and Incident Type 2 Diabetes Disparity

Low Potassium Levels and Type 2 Diabetes

African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than whites. A new study by John Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers, in the US, found that African Americans had lower potassium levels in their blood than caucasians. The findings show, therefore, that potassium may be key to this diabetes disparity.

Published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" on March 2, 2011, the team of researchers examined the results of previously published investigations that collected data on potassium intake and diabetes rates between 1987 and 1996. After analyzing medical data from more than 12,000 individuals of all races, they found that African Americans tended to have significantly lower serum potassium levels than other races. And it is most interesting that they found African Americans also had a greater incidence of type 2 diabetes.

Further research is needed to determine if increasing potassium levels through diet or supplementation could prevent type 2 diabetes. Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. The government recommended dosage is 4,700 milligrams per day. The following foods are very rich in potassium.

baked potato
lima beans

Note: Consult your doctor before taking potassium for potassium deficiency.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of Camelot

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Serum potassium and the racial disparity in diabetes risk: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study First published online March 2, 2011

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