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Magnesium and Diabetes: A Hidden Link in Blood Sugar Levels

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Jul 2016 04:28 PM

Magnesium plays an important role in preventing diabetes and improving conditions for diabetics. Regulating blood sugar levels is among the many activities of this essential mineral.

Magnesium controls blood sugar, or glucose, to thwart insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 diabetes, explains Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician specializing in preventive health care. Insulin resistance causes blood sugar levels to become high.

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Diabetics benefit from magnesium because many patients with insulin resistance lose the mineral through urination, causing the unhealthy cycle of magnesium deficiency and increased blood sugar levels. Mercola points to a six-month study of people with insulin resistance where subjects who were given 365 mg of magnesium daily had lower blood sugar levels and better control of insulin than those in a control group.

Additionally, an analysis of 13 studies involving 500,000 subjects has linked higher intake of magnesium with a reduced risk of diabetes, Today's Dietitian reports.

In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin at all. Type 2 encompasses too-little or ineffectively used insulin in the body.

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Type 1 diabetes has been found to result in magnesium deficiency, vision disorders, and nerve damage, Clara Schneider, a licensed dietitian, nutritionist, and certified diabetes educator, writes at DiabetesCare.net. So magnesium is involved with diabetes prevention and helps with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

“A serious discussion should take place with healthcare professionals on magnesium status and if more dietary magnesium is needed or even supplements,” Schneider says. Supplements should be taken only with the approval from a doctor.

A list of superfoods from the American Diabetes Association includes sources rich in magnesium and other nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, fiber, and vitamins. These foods include dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruit, beans, sweet potatoes, whole grains, fish with omega-3 fatty acids, tomatoes, nuts, and low-fat dairy products.

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