With diabetes and obesity reaching record levels worldwide, it is important to mention how magnesium deficiency affects both of these conditions.
Magnesium plays a crucial part in the production and storage of energy, by activating ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – the molecule which stores energy in the body. This is what Dr Carolyn Dean, an authority on the subject of magnesium for health, says:
“Magnesium and B-complex vitamins are excellent examples of energy nutrients, because they activate enzymes that control digestion, absorption, and the utilisation of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Enzymes cannot be produced and nutrients cannot be utilised, which means that energy cannot be manufactured and stored in the body without magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency is closely associated with obesity and related conditions. Type 2 diabetes is one such condition which is on the rise both in the developed and developing world. It has been established that type 2 diabetes responds very well to magnesium supplementation. Magnesium is needed for production and uitilisation of insulin by the cells. “Low magnesium, widely recognised as a marker for diabetes, occurs in up to 40% of diabetic patients.
Lack of magnesium increases the risk of cardivascular disease, eye symptoms, and nerve damage in diabetics, whereas supplementation can prevent them. Most importantly for diabetics, magnesium is a necessary cofactor in the production of energy from sugar stores in the muscles and liver.” (The Miracle of Magnesium, Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.).
Magnesium deficiency also creates cellular resistance to insulin, since insulin opens the cells to glucose only in the presence of sufficient magnesium, so the cell does not receive glucose, and cannot produce energy. The glucose in this case accumulates in the blood causing irrevocable damage to the body organs, blood vessels, nerves and other systems.
Since obesity is often interlinked with diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions, it is very important to ensure sufficient magnesium intake to address obesity and for management and prevention of diabetes. Of course, magnesium alone will not solve the problem of obesity. A lot of factors, such as correct nutrition, exercise, psychological problems need to be addressed. However, if magnesium deficiency is not addressed, all these measures may produce only a limited and short-lived result.
As well as eating traditionally magnesium-rich foods, magnesium needs to be supplemented both orally and transdermally in order to produce a visible impact. Spraying or rubbing magnesium chloride solution all over the body on a daily basis, taking magnesium baths or even foot baths can replenish magnesium levels quickly, with powerful results which can be evident even within a number of days.
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