Magnesium Needed to Help Correct Insulin Resistance

Monday, October 25, 2010
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Magnesium deficiency is pervasive in America. And so is type 2 diabetes.  I recently reported on this in an article titled Magnesium Intake Linked to Diabetes Risk.  Several more studies add further emphasis to the importance of magnesium in maintaining proper blood sugar health.

The first study evaluated magnesium levels1 in men and women ages 60 – 90 with the metabolic syndrome.  Those with metabolic syndrome had lower magnesium levels than those not having the problem.  In particular, magnesium affected blood sugar levels and insulin resistance.

Another recent study showed that taking 600 mg of magnesium2 per day significantly improved blood sugar metabolism as well as triglycerides and cholesterol.

It appears that public health officials, if they wanted to, could drastically improve the general well being of the American public while reducing the costs of dangerous drugs by tens of billions of dollars, simply be recommending magnesium supplementation for the general public.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Magnesium, Metabolic Syndrome, and Insulin Resistance  Biol Trace Elem Res.  Ghasemi A, Zahediasl S, Syedmoradi L, Azizi F.
  2. ^ Magnesium Supplementation Improves Insulin Resistance  Med Sci Monit.   Hadjistavri LS, Sarafidis PA, Georgianos PI, Tziolas IM, Aroditis CP, Hitoglou-Makedou A, Zebekakis PE, Pikilidou MI, Lasaridis AN.

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