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Diabetes Control Improves with This Mineral

Every day is like Christmas for the drug industry. And if you have diabetes… or are at risk for the disease… they like you even better than Santa Claus. After all, that means you're delivering their favorite gift of all: money. And unlike Santa, you're expected to keep bringing them that cash all year round. However, what they're really hoping for this holiday season is that you not only have diabetes but that it gets worse. Because less control over the disease means it's more likely, you'll need newer and more expensive meds.

But the joke's on them. Because new research has revealed a way to get better control over diabetes (or help avoid it if you're at risk) in a simple, safe, all-natural, and inexpensive way. Hey, it will even fit inside your Christmas stocking.

Magnesium Can Help With Diabetes Control

A decent magnesium supplement literally costs only a dollar or two a month. And it will be just about the best buck you'll ever spend when it comes to your health.

Because magnesium supports…

  • lower blood pressure
  • steady heart rhythm
  • reduced inflammation
  • healthier bone
  • stronger muscles
  • protected nerves

Plus, a new study confirms magnesium is also essential to keeping diabetes in check. The researchers reviewed 25 gold-standard studies for their analysis. These were randomized, double-blind controlled trials… the strongest kind… that used magnesium supplements on volunteers with diabetes or at high risk of developing the disease.

They found magnesium helps the body on two key levels crucial to controlling diabetes.

  • First, it can help increase insulin.
  • And second, no doubt as a result of that extra insulin, the supplements can help you absorb glucose better, too.

The magnesium appears to work by assisting the beta cells in the pancreas. Those are the cells responsible for insulin production that start to burn out in folks who develop diabetes.

The Best Way to Get Your Magnesium

Now I know this all might seem a bit far-fetched at first. After all, magnesium is a common mineral that's easy to get. And many of us probably get it from our diet. So no one should have problems with insulin and glucose and develop diabetes as a result, right?

Well, it turns out there's an unexpected twist. Those dark leafy greens most people recognize as a great source of magnesium are also rich in oxalate. This naturally occurring compound blocks you from absorbing much of that magnesium. So, in the end, about 75 percent of the magnesium in your salad passes right through your system. Oh, and that multivitamin you take? Chances are it has very little magnesium in it. Go check the label of yours, and you'll see.

As a result, about half of American adults and up to 80 percent of older Americans have lower than optimal magnesium levels. And that could be contributing to their diabetes risk if they don't have the disease. Or interfering with their glucose metabolism giving them less control over the disease if they do have it.

The easiest and most consistent way to raise your levels is to follow the lead of the volunteers in the new study and take a supplement. That analysis finds plain old magnesium oxide – the cheapest form – should do the trick. But magnesium oxide isn't especially well-absorbed and can lead to stomach upset and diarrhea. Other forms… especially chelated varieties… often work a bit better, are gentler on the stomach, and only cost a little more.

Talking truth about health,

Alice Jacob
Executive Editor, Healthier Talk