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Magnesium Shines for Blood Sugar Balance

From eNewsletter 1/13/2020

DID YOU KNOW that U.S. insurers and providers spent more than $800 billion on administration, or nearly $2,500 per person in 2017? Over one third of all healthcare costs were due to insurance company overhead and provider time spent on billing, versus about two percent that is spent on administration for Medicare.

According to a new study in Annals of Internal Medicine, cutting U.S. administrative costs even to $550 per capita could save Americans more than $600 billion per year.


Bonnie and Steve: A recent study in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews affirmed an association between increasing magnesium intake and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, supplementing with the magnesium was found to be associated with improvement of factors relating to glucose metabolism.

Participants had no diabetes or insulin usage upon enrollment and were followed for 11 years. When subjects whose magnesium intake was high were compared to those whose levels were low, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was 22% lower. For each 100 milligram increase in daily magnesium intake, the risk of diabetes was lowered by 6%.

For their investigation of the effects of magnesium supplementation on glucose metabolism, supplementing with magnesium was associated with improvements in fasting plasma glucose, two hour oral glucose tolerance test results, fasting insulin levels, insulin resistance, triglycerides, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Interestingly, magnesium supplementation also had a positive effect on HDL cholesterol levels.

As you know, magnesium is involved in more than 300 metabolic reactions, so it should come as no surprise that it helps with carbohydrate metabolism. Unfortunately, it is well documented that well more than three-quarters of Americans consume less magnesium from food and water than the estimated average requirements dictate. This is why we have recommended supplemental magnesium to most of our clients for three decades.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please remember that not all magnesium sources are created equal. The oxide form is recommended for constipation only. This source should not be taken on a daily basis unless prescribed by a licensed health professional.

We have always recommended the glycinate form because it is easy on the GI tract and is supremely absorbed. Public health experts suggest 300 mg of daily magnesium intake for women and 400 mg for men.


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