A new study published in Nutrients showed that magnesium intake is insufficient in most U.S. adults and that the more magnesium in the diet the less likely it is to experience insulin resistance.
Magnesium is a vital nutrient responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body including regulation of blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and bone health.
In this study, researchers found an inverse association between magnesium intake and insulin, glucose, and Homeostasis Model of Assessment – Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR), and that a higher level of magnesium intake from foods was protective against insulin resistance in non-diabetic participants with MetS. Magnesium is required for glucose utilization and insulin signaling.
Lower intake of foods rich in magnesium may lead to metabolic alterations in
cellular magnesium and may affect the development of insulin resistance by altering the glucose entry
into the cell