Selenium as a Nutritional and Preventive Medicine Substance

Berlin Brandenburger Tor
Professor Dr. Lutz Schomburg, affiliated with the Charité Institute of Experimental Endocrinology and with both the Humboldt University and the Free University in Berlin, has analyzed the research literature on selenium supplementation. He concludes that current data show that selenium supplementation does not cause diabetes.

The long-time selenium researcher Professor Dr. Lutz Schomburg has reviewed the nutritional and preventive medicine aspects of selenium supplementation. In his mind, a selenium deficiency in and of itself constitutes a health risk that should be corrected by dietary measures or by supplemental selenium intake [Schomburg 2020].

He interprets the available evidence for positive health effects of selenium supplement as the outcome of correcting a deficiency or insufficiency of selenium.

His review of the research literature indicates that selenium supplement does not cause diabetes. Instead, the current evidence suggests that the development of type 2 diabetes with low insulin levels and high glucose levels may be causing increases in selenium levels; hence, the perceived association between the incidence of diabetes and the higher selenium status [Schomburg 2020]. read more