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I’m very specially interested in diabetes and its effect on the heart.
And I have published a number of the articles on the topic.
And one of the studies published and in circulation,
in that study we work on Zinc.
We discovered the first evidence showing Zinc may
protect the heart from diabetes-induced dysfunction.
This is a model of the human heart, and it has four chambers.
And veins collect the blood from our body to our lung
where it got oxygen and then sent it to the heart.
The left ventricle of the heart is where it pumps blood out, back to our body.
Diabetes induces a lot of damage to this system,
it causes the wall of the left ventricle to become thick and also stiff,
so it makes the heart not efficiently pump the blood to our body.
We hope next year or two we collect a team of doctors here at UofL
and also in China to study the effects of Zinc for diabetic patients.
And actually, Zinc is an essential element required for our body.
Diabetic patients, most of the them, have a Zinc deficiency.
So that suggests we should consider promptly
supplementation of Zinc in diabetic patients.