Magnesium for Insulin Resistant Type2 Diabetes

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
I've been doing lots of research about my fibromylagia and stumbled across some papers from a guy at M.I.T. who has a lot of smarts. As I was reading his paper about Magnesium and it's role in fibro I found this:

"Not only that, but magnesium also affects carbohydrate metabolism in a different manner, as a magnesium deficiency appears to create resistance to insulin, Insulin resistance increases levels of insulin, which may result in a form of diabetes. Additionally, insulin resistance by itself can distrupt intracellular magnesium levels, as the following web page explains.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov:80/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=8861135&dopt=Abstract

Thus, "insulin resistance and magnesium depletion may result in a vicious cycle of worsening insulin resistance and decrease in intracellular Mg(2+) which may limit the role of magnesium in vital cellular processes.""

I had told my doctor that I was taking Malic acid and Magnesium supplements for my fibro and she told me it would help my diabetes as well. She just didn't explain why. Now I know. Because magnesium and calcium work in tandem in the body I also take a calcium supplement for improved magnesium absorption and mild osteoporosis.

If you are interested in reading the whole article it can be found at http://web.mit.edu/london/www/magnesium.html, and the type of magnesium he recommends for best absorption is magnesium citrate. (Mag Oxide is apparently not well absorbed and this is why it's so cheap at the health food places.) Hope this helps someone.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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frombc
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   Posted 2/1/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I started taking a magnesium/calcium supplement when I read it can help with heart palpitations. I've been getting them since starting into perimeno. My palps are less frequent now. Great info Jeannie, thanks!
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Sherrine
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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hadn't really thought about it, Jeannie, but since I started taking the malic acid/magnesium supplements, I haven't had heart palpatations either.  I also take 1,200 mg of calcium citrate daily and, since I started that, I have had no more leg cramping either.  Thanks for the info.  I hope the mag. helps the diabetes too.
 
Sherrine
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jeni092878
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   Posted 2/1/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Pretty interesting?  What brand do you recommend?

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/5/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
For magnesium I use the stuff I get at Puritan.com but for calcium I use Costco or Sams club, whichever one I'm at when I run out.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


jimmyppage98
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   Posted 2/7/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
 
Are you saying that magnesium helps with insulin resistance?
 
I have Irritable Bowel with bouts of indigestion.  I do not have acid reflux but its a side effect of IBS.  I have recently become hypoglycemic.  I am not diabetic but the constant hypoglcemia is horrible.  Mostly, I feel like my blood is not right.  I am hungry a lot, my legs feel weak, I feel weak all over, I am exhausted and sometimes shakey.  I have a lot of the symptoms of hypoglcemia.  I am going to see the doctor tomorrow.  I know the only real way to detect it is thru bloodwork and that can be difficult.  He probably is going to say it can be only controlled with diet which scares me because I eat very clean and I am not sure how I can improve much.  I eat no snacks, no junk food, try to avoid dairy as much as possible, no pop, limit my caffeine and eat a lot of veggies, some protein and lots of fiber.  I am a vegetarian so I do not consume any meat.  Any suggestions?  I think I am going to go out of my mind.  I feel so weak.  This seems to of all of sudden come on.  Last week I was so exhausted coming home from work I almost fell asleep at the wheel. 

Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/7/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Jimmy,
My experience with hypoglycemia is limited to side effects with diabetes drugs. You need to speak with an endocrinologist to find out what's up with your weakness. You might try snacking between meals on one to two ounces of cheese along with about 18 peanuts or six big olives. Cheese is packed with protein, low on the glycemic index and will help prevent osteoporosis. The nuts or olives are monosaturated fats which actually help raise your HDL's. They also slow stomach emptying time because of their fat content and prolong food absorption so you don't peak or crash.

It's true that hypoglycemia is often controlled with diet but it's done by spacing the eating times at regular intervals so there is always something going into the system. One thing you may not want to know is that hypoglycemics often flip and become diabetic in their 40's. Sorry about that... Hope you're not one of them.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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