Magnesium lowers risk of type 2 diabetes and sudden cardiac death

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magnesium(NaturalHealth365) Taking magnesium can help to reduce the risks of some of the most prevalent – and dangerous – health concerns threatening heart health and longevity. Research reveals that magnesium deficiency has now been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes as well as coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death.

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death worldwide, with 17.3 million deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association. That number is expected to climb to 23.6 million by 2030. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes.

The statistics are truly staggering: In adults 20 and older, more than 1 in every 10 people suffer with diabetes. And, with people age 65 and older – that number jumps to one in four.

High magnesium intake linked to 23 percent reduction in type 2 diabetes

Research shows magnesium supplementation could decrease the risk of diabetes. A study out of China’s Nantong University reviewed results of 19 studies focusing on the effects of supplemental magnesium and type 2 diabetes. Results of the meta-analysis published in Biomedical and Environmental Sciences adds to existing evidence in support of a link between higher magnesium intake and a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

In reviewing results of 19 studies, the researchers found that 25,252 out of 539,735 study subjects developed type 2 diabetes over follow-up periods that ranged from four to 20 years. High intake of magnesium was linked to a 23 percent lower diabetes risk compared to low intake. Increasing magnesium intake by 100 mg per day was associated with a 16 percent reduction in diabetes risk.

Researchers conducting the review noted that trials show magnesium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity. It also reduces insulin resistance and plasma fasting-glucose levels in both diabetics and non-diabetics.

Heart health news: Magnesium deficiency  increase the risk of sudden cardiac death

There is also good news when it comes to the impact of magnesium on heart health. In a study published as part of the Rotterdam Study, The Netherlands, in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers reported a link between higher magnesium, and a lowered risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death.

Researchers evaluated data from 9,820 men and women aged 55 and older. They found that 2,303 deaths had occurred by a follow-up with median of 8.9 years post- study, with 780 of those caused by cardiovascular disease and 431 classified as coronary heart disease deaths. Of those affected, 187 fell victim to sudden cardiac death.

In subjects whose serum magnesium was categorized as low, researchers discovered a 36 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease mortality as well as a 54 percent higher risk of sudden cardiac death when compared to those who had mid-range levels of magnesium. Their findings suggest magnesium supplementation can be effective in reducing the burden of coronary heart disease mortality as well as sudden cardiac death.

Multiple benefits of magnesium supplementation

These research findings on cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes just add to the many benefits of magnesium supplementation backed by scientific research. In addition to the above, magnesium has been found to improve the following health conditions:

• Depression
• Hypertension
• Migraine headaches
• Preeclampsia

The National Institutes of Health notes that magnesium is useful for maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and promotes strong bones. The NIH also notes magnesium is beneficial in regulating blood sugar levels, promoting normal blood pressure and is known to contribute to energy metabolism and protein synthesis.

But achieving necessary magnesium requirements from food sources can be difficult. Foods rich in magnesium include beans and nuts, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Unfortunately, the typical American diet is lacking in these foods. In addition, over-processing of once-healthy foods can make magnesium more difficult to get through diet alone.

So, if you’re suffering with chronic disease symptoms – be sure to talk to your integrative healthcare provider about the health benefits of magnesium.

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  • Edward Filipino

    Which type of magnisium?

    • Mary Y

      Glycinate is Chelated and more absorbable I understand.

  • Lee

    I use transdermal magnesium. I have read that this form helps foster DHEA (whereas magnesium taken internally does not). Also, while overdosing from magnesium is rare, at least with transdermal magnesium, that is not an issue.
    Two to three times a week, I either apply magnesium oil (which I get from Amazon), or I soak for at least 20 min. in a bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts (which I buy at Costco). I really look forward to those tub soaks as a times of total relaxation which are favorable to meditation and/or prayer.
    For me, this amount seems sufficient, as my blood work has shown that my magnesium levels were in the mid-range of what’s recommended.
    FYI, Dr. Mercola has stated that most Americans are deficient in magnesium, iodine, and vitamin D3. That is why I started using transdermal magnesium. Magnesium affects a range of functions, which is why a deficiency in it is problematic. I am glad to know from this article that my magnesium intake is helping to protect against type 2 diabetes as well as sudden cardiac death.

    • Mary Y

      I am sure you know that blood tests are not accurate on magnesium, as so much of it is in tissue. That’s why so many people are really below the minimum and don’t know it from the labs. Like your comments. I need to get some more epsom!

  • Mary Spink

    so where do you get the good magnesium

  • GunzRloaded

    The best way to protect your heart is by wearing a bullet proof vest……..!
    Okay enough nonsense now………Strauss Heart drops is a good protocol to follow.