Would you get enough magnesium? Research suggests diabetes risk may fall as magnesium intake increases Print
Written by Anna Bernstein, hypoglycemicdiet.org   
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:57
Would you get enough magnesium in what you eat? Do you realize it could aid the prevention of diabetes type 2?

Dr. Ka He of the University of North carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues have found that folks who eaten the most magnesium from foods and nutritional vitamin supplements were about half as likely to develop diabetes within the next 20 years as individuals who took at all magnesium.

Inside their study, they looked at magnesium intake and diabetes risk in 4,497 men and women aged 18 to thirty years old, none of whom were diabetic in the study's outset. During a 20-year follow-up period, 330 of the subjects developed diabetes.

The people with the highest magnesium intake were 47 percent less prone to develop diabetes than others eating the lowest intakes (average of 100 milligrams of magnesium per 1,000 calories).

The study noted, however, that large clinical trials testing the consequences of magnesium on diabetes risk are essential to find out whether a causal relationship truly exists.

The outcomes of this study could explain why usage of grain, that are full of magnesium, is connected with lower diabetes risk. Even though whole grain products can be a common way to obtain magnesium, there are several other sources of magnesium to take into consideration.

Green vegetables such as spinach are good sources because the middle of the chlorophyll molecule (which provides vegetables their color) contains magnesium. Some legumes (beans and peas), seeds and nuts, and whole, unrefined grains will also be good sources.

Regular water may also be a source of magnesium, but the amount varies according to the water supply. Water that naturally contains more minerals is described as "hard."

The proposed factors why an increased intake of magnesium could lower the risk for developing type two diabetes vary, but according to the National Institutes of Health, Magnesium plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. It may influence the release and activity of insulin, the hormone that helps manage blood glucose (sugar) levels.

The lesson? Increasing magnesium intake might be very important for improving insulin sensitivity, reducing systemic inflammation, and decreasing diabetes risk.

And you? What are you looking forward to? Start now to introduce more magnesium rich foods as part of your daily diet!

About Author: Anna Bernstein is writing for the hypoglycemic recipes website, her personal hobby blog devoted to suggestions to aid individuals to avoid Diabetes and improve the awareness on healthy eating.


Source for this article: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_103722.html
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 13:36