Magnesium & diabetes

Magnesium & diabetes

Diabetics have an increased need for magnesium.
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There are currently around sixty million diabetics in Europe. The majority of diabetics - about 90 percent – suffer from type 2 diabetes. Alongside excess weight and a lack of exercise, magnesium plays an important role in the development of this disease.

Magnesium deficiency & diabetes

Low magnesium levels in the blood increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Magnesium does not just affect the risk of developing diabetes, but also influences the course of type 2 diabetics’ disease, since it has a significant impact on the function of insulin. The main cause of type 2 diabetes is increased insulin resistance – where insulin becomes less effective over time. Since magnesium plays a role in the functioning of the insulin receptor it can improve the effectiveness of insulin.

Good to know:

Magnesium deficiency is determined by measuring the level of magnesium in the blood. However, there may still be a deficiency even if the blood level is normal, as the body can compensate shortages by releasing magnesium from the cells and elsewhere.

Magnesium and diabetes

Can magnesium help to treat diabetes? Type 2 diabetics often have low levels of magnesium in their blood. Due to raised blood sugar levels their kidneys function is affected which increases the excretion of magnesium in the urine. If diabetics also take medication such as diuretics, acid blockers (proton pump inhibitors) or laxatives, this can significantly promote magnesium deficiency. Therefore, diabetics must ensure an adequate magnesium intake.

Which kind of magnesium?

Food contains magnesium in organic form, e.g. as magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate naturally occurs in the human body, so it is biocompatible and fast-acting. Magnesium-Diasporal® 300 mg, granules for oral solution (pharmaceutical) contains pure biocompatible magnesium citrate. Recommended intake: once a day – lasts for 24 hours.

Magnesium-Diasporal® 300 mg, Trinkgranulat