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Magnesium in the diet may help prevent type 2 diabetes

Doctors reviewed 19 studies covering 539,735 participants, some of whom developed type 2 diabetes over the various study time periods. Participants answered a food-frequency questionnaire to help determine the level of magnesium in the diet.

Overall, compared to those who got the least magnesium, those who got the most magnesium from diet and supplements were 23 percent less likely to have developed type 2 diabetes over the several study time periods. Doctors also found a direct link: each 100 mg-per-day increase in magnesium led to a 16 percent decrease in chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Discussing the findings, doctors said when magnesium levels are low, special insulin-producing cells in the pancreas don’t function properly, and that earlier studies had found magnesium improves insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels in both diabetics and non-diabetics. Ensuring a good level of magnesium in the diet may help prevent type 2 diabetes.

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