It’s estimated that nearly 100 million Americans have either pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes — blood sugar (glucose) levels that are chronically above normal. Millions also have metabolic syndrome, a combination of health problems that can include insulin resistance (your cells do a poor job of responding to the hormone that moves glucose out of the bloodstream), high blood pressure, too much belly fat, high triglycerides and low good HDL.
Magnesium deficiency is a major (but under-recognized) cause of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The reason? When diabetics spill sugar into their urine, it acts like a sponge that drags magnesium into the urine as well. This causes large magnesium losses in diabetics — aggravating many of the illnesses’ complications.
Several new studies make the case even more convincing.
Four New Studies
Magnesium Helps Overweight People Who Don’t Have Diabetes
German researchers studied 52 overweight people who didn’t have diabetes, giving half of them magnesium. After six months, those taking the mineral had lower levels of fasting glucose (a measurement taken eight hours after not eating) and better insulin sensitivity. The results, wrote the researchers in the March 11, 2011 issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, “emphasize the need for an early optimization of magnesium status to prevent insulin resistance and subsequently type 2 diabetes.” In other words, there’s no time like the present to get more magnesium, through taking supplemental magnesium — and through eating more magnesium-rich foods, such as leafy green vegetables, whole grains and nuts...