Magnesium may help Prevent Type 2
Two recent studies have shown that people who get more magnesium from their diets are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. In one study, 85,000 women and 42,000 men were evaluated over a period of 18 and 12 years, respectively. The participants who consumed the highest levels of magnesium (from whole grains, nuts and green, leafy vegetables) had the least likelihood of developing diabetes. Fewer than five percent of the participants got their magnesium from supplements.
In the second study, 40,000 overweight women who consumed large amounts of magnesium were 22 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who had lower amounts of magnesium in their diets.
Diabetes Care, January 2004