Magnesium improves diabetes outcomes
If you have diabetes, you may want to think about finding a way to incorporate more magnesium into your diet. A recent study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition & Food Science shows that people with diabetes who get the recommended amount of magnesium per day are less at risk for several negative health outcomes associated with the disorder, including obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Magnesium has numerous health benefits and is inexpensive and easily available, but many people haven't heard of it and most American diets are deficient in it. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends getting at least 400 milligrams per day for men and 310 for women, but the average American's daily intake is closer to 200 milligrams.
The study looked at data from more than 14,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The researchers found that the participants with diabetes who met the FDA's recommendations for magnesium intake were significantly less likely than those who didn't to develop diabetes-related health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, elevated waist circumference, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.
"These results further demonstrate the importance of meeting magnesium intake recommendations and illustrate the usefulness of dietary magnesium supplementation when these recommendations cannot be met with diet alone," said lead study author Yanni Papanikolaou of Nutritional Strategies Inc.
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