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Magnesium May Play Key Role in Managing Diabetes

A study published in the February 2011 issue of the journal Clinical Nutrition shows that people with diabetes may want to pay closer attention to their magnesium intake.

Magnesium is an essential mineral which plays a role in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It is found naturally in green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains, nuts and milk. While it is present in a number of foods, most Americans do not consume the recommended daily amount which is 320mg for women and 420mg for men.

For the study, researchers from the Department of Food and Experimental Nutrition at the University of São Paulo recruited 51 participants with type 2 diabetes.

The researchers found that 77% of the participants had a magnesium deficiency. When the researchers compared participants with low levels of magnesium to those with normal levels they found that low magnesium negatively affected glycemic levels.

They stated that due to the involvement of magnesium in the use and supply of energy, it makes sense that a deficiency would result in impairment of metabolic control.

This study follows a recent study published in the November 2010 issue of the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism which found that magnesium may help reduce the risk of diabetes among people that are overweight.

Magnesium has also been linked to a number of other benefits including helping with bone development and reducing the risks of stroke and abnormal blood pressure.

A supplement is a great way to get your daily magnesium but there are also many dietary sources of magnesium such as green leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains and nuts and milk.

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