Magnesium & Diabetes
Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar levels especially for diabetics. However, there are cases whereby non-diabetics can have a magnesium deficiency due to lack of supplementation. In cases as such, these individuals too can suffer from poor blood sugar regulation which can result in the development of diabetes.
Functions of Magnesium:
- Regulating muscle and nerve function
- Regulating blood sugar levels, regulating blood pressure
- Aids in making protein, bone, and DNA
Types of Magnesium:
- magnesium citrate: treats occasional constipation and acid indigestion(short-term); known as a saline laxative that leaves water in the stool making it easier to pass and also increases frequency of bowel movements; used to clean stool for procedures such as colonoscopy
- magnesium glycinate: helps in reducing stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia
- magnesium chloride: mineral supplement; prevents and treats magnesium deficiency in blood; may be used to treat symptoms of elevated stomach acid that cause acid indigestion, heartburn and upset stomach (nausea)
- magnesium lactate: supports normal functioning of the heart (cardiovascular), digestive and nervous system; also treats magnesium deficiency
- magnesium malate: dietary supplement that combines magnesium and malic acid – aids in improvement of blood sugar, mood, chronic pain and exercise performance; anti-inflammatory, improved energy production and bone integrity; sleep aid
- magnesium taurate: supports the healthy functioning of the nervous system; helps to maintain normal levels of calcium which is vital for neurotransmitters; activates and increases GABA produced naturally in the brain.
- magnesium sulfate: a magnesium salt; functions as an anticonvulsant (reduces epileptic fits, a cardiovascular drug, a calcium channel blocker, an anaesthetic, a tocolytic agent( delays delivery if labor begins too early in pregnancy, an anti-arrhythmia drug, an analgesic; an electrolyte injection commonly used to treat low magnesium levels in your blood. It is also used to prevent or control seizures in women with preeclampsia or eclampsia.
- magnesium oxide: dietary supplement- maintains magnesium levels; reduces blood sugar and blood pressure; manages gastrointestinal problems; relieves depression ; low bioavailability
Chromium picolinate: dietary supplement- improves nutrition metabolism- helps the body to process carbohydrates and fats; aids in weight loss and management; improves body’s response to insulin and thereby aids in lowering blood sugar; aids in lowering elevated cholesterol levels; curbs hunger, cravings and binge eating