A person dies from diabetes every six seconds, causing 5 million deaths in 2015, according to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF). The prevalence of diabetes has become a growing problem globally. This uptick was corroborated by World Health Organization (WHO) – 422 millions people are affected and 642 million will be by 2040. Alarmingly, half of them had not been diagnosed.
Grim numbers also point to an increase in serious life-long complications if diabetes is left untreated or poorly managed. Think poor vision, lower limb amputations, heart disease, kidney failure and even stroke.
Unlike the classic eating-sugar-causes-diabetes myth of the 90s, the current focus has shifted to more complex origins. Medical researchers far and wide have come to realize that magnesium plays an important role in preventing this silent scourge and improving conditions for diabetics.
Here is what we have gleaned from Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. and author of The Magnesium Miracle regarding the reciprocal relationship between magnesium and diabetes:
“Magnesium is required in the metabolic pathways that allow insulin to usher glucose into cells, where glucose participates in making energy for the body. If magnesium is deficient, the doorway into the cells does not open to glucose, resulting in the following cascade of events:
Glucose levels become elevated à Glucose is stored as fat and leads to obesity à Elevated glucose leads to diabetes à Obesity puts a strain on the heart à Excess glucose becomes attached to certain proteins, leading to kidney damage, neuropathy, blindness and other diabetic complications à Insulin-resistant cells don’t allow magnesium into the cells à Further magnesium deficiency leads to hypertension à Magnesium deficiency leads to cholesterol buildup, and both these conditions are implicated in heart disease”
A recent World Journal of Diabetes report revealed that low magnesium levels was an underlying common denominator in type 2 diabetics. One of the many activities of this essential mineral is the production, function, and transport of insulin. Reversing insulin resistance is the basic step to avert or delay the onset and progression of diabetes.
Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician specializing in preventive health care, points that “inadequate magnesium intake seems to prompt a vicious cycle of low magnesium levels, elevated insulin and glucose levels, and excess magnesium excretion. In other words, the less magnesium your body has, the less it appears to be able to ‘hang onto it’.”
Fortunately, magnesium supplementation could beat back the risk of diabetes. Repletion of magnesium deficiency with transdermal magnesium chloride is an ideal way of administering magnesium – simply massage onto your skin after a shower, twice or thrice a day. Enjoy renewed vitality in your life with regular use – whether you are diabetic, pre-diabetic or just staying healthy, Midas Magnesium is your friend.
Magnesium is not a permanent cure, and not the only component necessary for a happy Glycemic Index (GI) – regular and adequate levels of physical activity, healthy food and thoughts are important too!