Magnesium plays a huge role in the day-to-day functions of the body. It strengthens your bones. It helps your heart to beat. It assists in the conversion of food to energy, and it also does a few hundred other things. It’s very important, and yet the majority of mankind is deficient. (Somewhere between 60-80%). Recently low levels of magnesium were linked to type 2 diabetes, but a new analysis published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Sciences has found that increased dietary magnesium intake is associated with favorable diabetes-related health outcomes.
Researchers looked at the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and compared people with adequate levels of magnesium to those who were magnesium deficient. The magnesium-imbued tended to have smaller waist circumferences, lower blood pressures and cholesterol levels.
From the report:
Higher dietary intake of magnesium from food plus supplements was associated with significantly reduced odds ratios for elevated glycohemoglobin, metabolic syndrome, obesity, overweight or obesity, elevated waist circumference, elevated systolic blood pressure, reduced HDL and elevated C-reactive protein. Thus, there is a beneficial relationship between dietary magnesium intake and diabetes-related physiological outcomes in U.S. adults.