Diabetes risk linked to mercury exposure

The prospective longitudinal study followed 3800 US adults aged between 20 and 32 for 18 years and identified 288 cases of diabetes over 18 years.

Those in the highest quintile of toenail mercury levels had a 65% increased risk of developing diabetes.

However, the association was evident only after adjusting for major lifestyle factors, BMI and dietary factors, including intake of long-chain n-3 fatty acid and magnesium.

“The potential adverse effect of mercury exposure, presumably derived from diet, may be