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Mighty Magnesium; An Overlooked Supplement | Diabetes Daily Post
Learning About Mighty Magnesium; An Overlooked Supplement

Mighty Magnesium; An Overlooked Supplement

food-sources-of-magnesiumMagnesium and it’s intimate relationship with diabetes has been the subject of many studies over the past several years .  One recent study done at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that people who consumed the most magnesium in foods and from supplements were about half as likely to develop diabetes over a period of 20 years as people who took the least magnesium.  Now given this statement, don’t just go out and get a bottle of magnesium without checking with your health care provider.  Too much magnesium can also be a problem.  It is implied that many people are in fact deficient in magnesium because of our poor diet in this country among other factors.  

Magnesium is an essential mineral for health because it is required for proper functioning of many enzyme systems, one of which is responsible for proper glucose utilization.  Magnesium is also involved in blood pressure control, immune functioning and protein synthesis.

 There has been a gradual decline of dietary magnesium in this country because the food supply has become magnesium deficient.  There are also certain health conditions that cause the levels of magnesium to decline in the body.  Gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease and other digestive syndromes can create a magnesium deficit in the body.  Stress can also cause magnesium deficiency.

More recently it has been found that drugs for acid reflux in the class called PPI’s(Proton Pump Inhibitors) such as omeprazole can potentially decrease magnesium absorption.  Symptoms of low magnesium can be muscle cramps, palpitations, tremor and dizziness.   Note that diuretics can also cause low magnesium.  If you take certain medications such as digoxin, low magnesium can cause toxicity of this drug.  Alcohol abuse is another contributor to decreased magnesium absorption.

If you suspect that you may have a problem, check with your health care provider who may wish to order some blood work.  There are many factors at play in the body that can create imbalance besides blood sugars.  Remember, an informed patient is a healthy patient. 

Stay proactive, and stay healthy!

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The DDP Medical Writers Staff

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