Magnesium is a mineral that is essential to good health. It is one of the most common minerals in the human body and is found in every cell. A number of studies have examined the effect of magnesium on blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Some studies have shown promising results. Others have not drawn strong conclusions. Because high blood sugar causes increased urination, people with diabetes may be at risk for magnesium deficiency. Magnesium also plays important roles in the regulation of blood pressure and heart health. Magnesium can interfere with certain medications such as antibiotics, diuretics, and calcium channel blockers.
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Pros: I've been "diabetic" since 1987 when I was pregnant with my second son. It's a very long story, but fast-forwarding to the past 6 months, I've discovered that I've been magnesium deficient for a very long time. I've been taking 600-900 magnesium glycinate daily, and go in to my Functional Medicine provider periodically for IV magnesium treatments. These help tremendously - I can actually SEE my circulation improve during the treatment, and I can feel my muscles throughout my body relax. Magnesium is a critical mineral for our bodies and works synergistically with others. If you have the time to do some research, I think you'll be very interested in learning more :-)
Cons: There are different types of magnesium. Taking too much can cause problems (i.e., diarrhea) rather than help. Do your studying and/or ask your doctor for guidance.
Overall: Taking magnesium and keeping my imbalance corrected has truly made a difference in how I feel and function on a daily basis. In my opinion, it's worth the time and effort to go in for blood tests periodically to check magnesium levels and other vitamin/minerals/enzymes.By