News of World Medicine

Magnesium supplements may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Chinese scientists have found that a diet rich in magnesium can reduce the risks of glycemic diseases. The authors have evaluated the relationship between different doses of magnesium and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, using data from 1,219,636 adult men and women participating in a total of 26 randomized trials. As a result, they have found evidence of both a linear and non-linear relationship between magnesium intake and the incidence of such endocrine disease.

According to the data, adults consumed more magnesium had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while patients with already diagnosed type 2 diabetes had more acceptable parameters of insulin-resistance than participants with low levels of this mineral. In particular, a 100 mg increase in magnesium intake per day was associated with a 6 percent reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes.

SOURCE: HEALIO