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Magnesium Deficiency: Responsible for Diabetes and Heart Disease?

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Jul 2016 05:17 PM

Magnesium deficiency is a factor in many health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. The essential mineral is used by every organ in the body.

Magnesium is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and muscles, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Not only does the body need magnesium, but certain disorders, such as diabetes and kidney disease, can lead to magnesium deficiency.

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Low levels of magnesium are often found in people with Type 2 diabetes, a condition that causes high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Research suggests adequate amounts of magnesium in the body help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Magnesium supplements may even help control blood sugar levels for diabetics and people with prediabetes, the medical center notes.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, magnesium helps glucose levels and insulin metabolism to inhibit the development of diabetes for patients with prediabetes. Research indicates magnesium can be beneficial for people at high risk of developing diabetes.

Magnesium also may provide lower risks of heart disease and heart attack, according to studies. The mineral administered intravenously reduces the risk of irregular heartbeat. Magnesium has been used by doctors to treat congestive heart failure.

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Including foods with magnesium in the diet could reduce the risk of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease. Fruits and vegetables contain plenty of magnesium to lower blood pressure. Low-fat dairy products are also food sources to help prevent magnesium deficiency.

Mercola recommends drinking a pint to a quart of fresh green vegetable juice daily to supply the body with a higher intake of magnesium. Juicing makes it easier for the body to absorb nutrients from vegetables. Fresh juices are consumed quickly compared to eating whole vegetables.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Over time low levels of the mineral could interfere with muscle and nerve function, causing cramping, numbness, and tingling sensations. It could even lead to seizures, mood swings, and abnormal heart rhythms, according to CNN.

Precaution is necessary when taking magnesium supplements because an overdose of the mineral could lead to heart arrhythmia. Magnesium from food is absorbed better by the body. People should discuss taking supplements with a doctor when concerned about magnesium deficiency, diabetes, and heart disease.

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