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Magnesium Chloride May Help Pre-Diabetics Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Pre-diabetes is a condition characterized by impaired glucose tolerance and/or impaired fasting glucose and it can lead to diabetes. Researchers in Mexico have found that magnesium chloride supplements may lower blood sugar levels and insulin resistance in pre-diabetic people.

The study included 116 pre-diabetic participants between the ages of 30 and 65. They were given either 382 mg of magnesium chloride or a placebo daily for four months. At the end of the study, participants in the magnesium group had significantly lower fasting and post-meal glucose levels as well as decreased insulin resistance. They also showed lower triglyceride levels and increases in HDL cholesterol.  

Researchers from the Biomedical Research Unit of the Mexican Social Security at the Institute at Durango conducted the study. It was published in the June 2015 issue of Diabetes & Metabolism.

Magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, but 60% of Americans are not getting the recommended dietary intake of this essential nutrient. Previous studies have found that higher intakes of magnesium may reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.

Eating more magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk is one way to increase your magnesium intake. Taking a supplement is also a good option.

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