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Natural Remedies for Diabetes: Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral. Foods high in magnesium include:
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Some whole grains.
Various supplemental forms of magnesium are marketed as tablets, capsules, or liquids.
Magnesium has many important functions in the body, including in:
  • The heart
  • Nerves
  • Muscles
  • Bones
  • The handling of glucose
  • Making proteins.
Low levels of magnesium are commonly seen in people with diabetes. Scientists have studied the relationship between magnesium and diabetes for a long time, but it is not yet fully understood.
Research Findings on Magnesium
There have been a handful of studies on magnesium and type 2 diabetes -- many of them small in size and/or short in length, and primarily looking at blood glucose control. The results have been mixed, with most finding that magnesium did not affect blood glucose control. Some studies have suggested that low magnesium levels may make glucose control worse in type 2 diabetes (interrupting insulin secretion in the pancreas and increasing insulin resistance) and contribute to diabetes complications. There is evidence that magnesium supplementation may be helpful for insulin resistance. Additional controlled studies are needed to establish firmly whether magnesium supplements have any role or benefit as an alternative treatment for type 2 diabetes.
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