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Magnesium May Lower Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted Dec 18 2008 7:35pm

Swedish researchers who analyzed studies into the links between magnesium consumption and type 2 diabetes concluded that eating more magnesium-rich foods like green, leafy vegetables, meats, whole grains and nuts could reduce the risk of developing the disease,Stephen Daniells recently reported forthe supplement and healthy food industry news service NutraIngredients-USA.com.

In their review of seven studies conducted between 1966 to February 2007 which, combined, totaled 286,668 participants and 10,912 cases of type 2 diabetes, researchers from Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet found evidence suggesting that every 100 milligram increase in magnesium intake decreased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 15 percent. Their findings recently appeared online in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

While the researchers stopped short of recommending magnesium supplements for type 2 diabetes prevention, they did conclude that increased intake of calcium-rich food "seemed prudent," according to the NutraIngredients-USA.com story.

The Swedish analysis mirrors similar findings by German researchers which Connie mentioned here on the SUGAR SHOCK! Blog in May.

Visit the National Institutes of Health Web site to learn more about magnesium-rich foods and recommended dietary allowances for children and adults.

By Karen James for the SUGAR SHOCK! Blog

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