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Magnesium may lower risk of stroke for smokers

Posted by Abby W.

A new study suggested that increased consumption of magnesium-rich foods like whole grains may reduce the risk of stroke in male smokers!

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm analyzed the diets and other lifestyle factors of 26,556 male smokers, aged 50 to 69, who had never had a stroke. After they adjusted for age and cardiovascular risk factors, the researchers concluded that men who consumed the most magnesium (an average of 589 milligrams per day) had a 15 percent lower risk for stroke than those who consumed the least amount of magnesium (an average of 373 milligrams per day).

Magnesium lowers blood pressure and may also affect cholesterol concentrations and the body's use of insulin to turn glucose into energy, both of which would affect the risk for stroke.

The findings were published in the March 10 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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