Dr. Mercola: Magnesium Reduces Diabetes and Helps Keep You Young

Drinking alcoholic beverages consumes large amounts of magnesium.

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Magnesium Reduces Diabetes and Helps Keep You Young:

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  • Magnesium is an essential mineral used in energy production, protein signaling and cell signaling in almost every organ and muscle in your body, especially your heart, bones and kidneys
  • Research found higher intake of magnesium was linked with a lower risk of diabetes, even when combined with eating foods with a high glycemic index
  • Magnesium insufficiency, or levels lower than supports optimal health but not low enough to trigger symptoms of deficiency, are associated with over 22 different medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and infertility
  • Insufficiency is related to a higher rate of aging but may be prevented by consuming foods high in magnesium, protecting your gut health, using supplements and Epsom salt baths

By Dr. Mercola

Magnesium is an essential mineral used in pathways for energy production, protein synthesis and cell signaling.1 The mineral is involved in nearly 300 metabolic reactions.2 It is used by every organ and muscle in your body, especially your heart, kidneys and bones. Deficiency and insufficiency have been associated with a number of health conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis.

In the care of pregnant women, magnesium sulfate is used to prevent seizures in women suffering from pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, a pregnancy complication that can result in high blood pressure, seizures and coma, threatening the life of the mother and baby.3

You might assume that a simple blood test would reveal a magnesium deficiency, but 60 percent is stored in your skeleton, 27 percent in your muscles and only 1 percent is found outside of your cells.4 To determine your levels you’ll need a magnesium RBC test that can be done without a physician’s order, except in the state of New York.5 Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of “The Magnesium Miracle,” recommends a level of 6.0 to 6.5 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

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