Magnesium May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

Mineral Appears to Have Effect on Action of Insulin.

“In a study of over 39,000 women, those who were getting the most *magnesium had an 11 percent lower risk of developing diabetes six years later than those who got the least. Among overweight women the *magnesium impact was even stronger: Risk fell more than 20 percent.

In two other studies of more than 85,000 women and 42,000 men, individuals who consumed the most *magnesium lowered their risk of developing diabetes more than 30 percent during the next 12 to 18 years compared to those who consumed the lease amount. After adjusting for other influences on diabetes, like weight, exercise, and family history, in all three studies, this beneficial effect of magnesium was evident.

The current RDA for magnesium is 310-320 milligrams (mg) for adult women, and 400-420 mg for adult men. Average intake among Americans tends to lag about 100 mg below these recommended levels.”

By: Karen Collins, R.D.

Published, May 7, 2004


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