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Having a lower level of Magnesium increases your risk of stroke

May 17, 2010

     Research has shown that lacking magnesium significantly increases the risk of developing diabetes, now you can add stroke to the list. In the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study over 14,000 people between the ages of 45 to 64 were followed for over 15 years. Over the years there were 577 cases of ischemic stroke in these people most commonly related to diabetes and high blood pressure. The researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public health found that the higher the level of magnesium, the lower the risk of stroke (likely because lacking magnesium leads to high blood pressure and diabetes). The study is reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Increased intake of Magnesium protective against diabetes

     A meta-analysis of seven large studies which included 286,668 people by researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that increasing intake of Magnesium from both food and supplements decreased the risk of developing diabetes and for each 100mg increase in intake there was a corresponding 15% drop in the risk of developing the disease. The results of the analysis are published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.