Magnesium Risk and Diabetes

Consuming magnesium via dietary sources may reduce the risk of diabetes, especially for those people who may be exhibiting metabolic impairments, such as insulin resistance.  Magnesium is one of the most abundant or common minerals in the body.  It is involved in over 300 reactions involving energy metabolism, hormone action, neuronal (nerve) activity, and the proper functioning of the heart.  With regard to diabetes, if you have concerns about insulin resistance, high insulin levels, or impaired sugar tolerance, eating foods high in magnesium, such as dark green leafy vegetables, fish, nuts and seeds, and dark chocolate (that is a good one) or taking a magnesium supplement, may lower your risk of going on to full-blown diabetes.  Of course, nothing is more powerful than a good eating program and daily exercise, but getting enough magnesium in your diet or supplementation will certainly help.  If you choose to supplement, using a sustained release preparation such as Slow Mag® (I have no monetary relationship with this product) will be beneficial, with less chance of the “milk-of-magnesia” or MOM effect (the one your MOM gave you when you had concerns with constipation as a child…you know what I’m talking about).  To avoid the soon to be most common ailment in America – eat well, eat little, exercise daily, and make sure your magnesium levels are where they should be.


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