To reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, people may need to boost their consumption of magnesium-rich foods. In a 20-year cohort study of almost 5,000 adults, researchers found that those who consumed the most magnesium in their diets were least likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That highest intake was approximately 200 mg of the mineral for every 1,000 calories in the diet.
Whole grains are good sources of magnesium, and so are nuts. That might explain why some past studies have found that people who eat plenty of whole grains are at lower risk of the disease. People getting more magnesium in their diets had lower levels of inflammatory markers and lower insulin resistance. Although this study does not establish cause and effect, it suggests that magnesium may have benefits that are not yet fully appreciated.
[Diabetes Care, online, Aug. 31, 2010]

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  1. Jennifer G.

    On one of your programs recently I heard that taking calcium for osteopenia was not particularly effective so I have stopped taking it. But the calcium I took included magnesium. How much magnesium should a 70 year old woman with osteopenia take? My weight is good and I exercise regularly.

  2. Judy Z

    For 18 hears I took verapamil for occasional supraventricular tachycardia. Four years ago I stopped it and began taking magnesium, alternating 250 mg one day, 500 mg the next. No more SVT, I sleep better, and have no more constipation. And, with no prescription insurance, I have saved myself a lot of money!

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