Magnesium supplements improve metabolic syndrome
Lack of exercise and poor diet choices can lead to metabolic syndrome, a combination of factors that include high blood pressure and sugar, elevated triglycerides, low levels of HDL—the “good” cholesterol, and abdominal obesity. Over time, these factors raise the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Doctors in this study wanted to test for a link between magnesium in the diet and chances of developing metabolic syndrome. Researchers reviewed six studies involving 24,473 people, about one in four of whom had metabolic syndrome.

Participants in the studies got between 117 and 423 mg of magnesium per day. Overall, compared to those who consumed the least, those who got the most magnesium were 31 percent less likely to develop metabolic syndrome. For every increase of 100 mg of magnesium per day, chances for developing metabolic syndrome declined by 17 percent.

Reference: Diabet Med. 2014 Nov;31(11):1301-9.
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