Magnesium may reduce chances of metabolic syndrome
Metabolic syndrome includes several symptoms such as obesity around the abdomen, elevated blood pressure and sugar, high triglycerides, and low levels of HDL—the “good” cholesterol. These symptoms may be clinically the same as prediabetes. A review of nine studies covered 31,876 people and compared magnesium in the diet to chances for developing metabolic syndrome.

Men and women who got the most magnesium were 22 percent less likely to develop metabolic syndrome compared to those who got the least magnesium. Magnesium helps metabolize lipids, and also glucose—possibly by helping preserve the specialized cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, the hormone that helps the body metabolize glucose, doctors said.

Reference: Nutrition Journal; October, 2015, Published Online.
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