Magnesium, Obesity and Diabetes

"The body requires magnesium to absorb and utilize nutrients. Without magnesium the body cannot properly use the fats, proteins and carbohydrates we eat every day. When we aren’t getting what we need from our diet, the body will crave more food in an effort to obtain those vital nutrients. By activating hundreds of enzymes in the body, magnesium helps you get the most from what you eat, so your body can be satisfied with the amount of food you genuinely need.*

Conditions like insulin resistance and diabetes are strongly associated with obesity. Obesity also often precedes the development of type 2 diabetes.   

By taking steps to prevent or reverse obesity, one would be evading not just one disease, but several potential major diseases including heart diseases. Furthermore, supplementation of magnesium to counter a deficiency in the mineral and for the maintenance of your body can be greatly beneficial.

When enough magnesium is present in the body, insulin can function properly and blood glucose is used for energy. A magnesium deficiency causes insulin to function poorly, resulting in high blood sugar and fat storage."⠀

With regard to obesity and diabetes [1] :

‘A large clinical study of over 2000 people found that getting more magnesium in the diet may help protect against developing type 2 diabetes.’[2] For every 100 mg of increased daily magnesium intake, the risk of developing type-2 diabetes fall by 15 %.

-Magnesium has a role in activating enzymes in your body that control the processes of digestion, absorption and use of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

-Magnesium is needed for insulin to open cell membranes for glucose to enter and contribute in the production of energy for your body.

-When your body is low in  magnesium and high in calcium, both insulin and glucose levels become elevated. The excess glucose gets stored as fat and contributes to obesity; in addition to placing you on the path towards diabetes. Furthermore, your body responds to low magnesium-high calcium conditions as follows [3]:

  1. beta cells (insulin producers) make & release too much insulin = hyperinsulinemia

  2. fat tissue cells unable to respond to insulin = insulin resistance

  3. muscle cells unable to respond to insulin = insulin resistance

  4. liver cells produce too much glucose = poor glucose tolerance  (diabetes)

-At high dosages, magnesium supports nerve regeneration that combats diabetic neuropathy of the organs and peripherals. [4] [5]

-Magnesium is necessary in metabolizing B vitamins which help in preventing obesity genes from expressing themselves.[6]

-‘…magnesium supplementation has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. Based on current knowledge, clinicians have good reason to believe that magnesium repletion may play a role in delaying type 2 diabetes onset and potentially in warding off its devastating complications — cardiovascular disease, retinopathy, and nephropathy.’[7]

What we recommend chronic sufferers of diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity is to ensure healthy magnesium levels and regular use/uptake of magnesium. A good way would be by having daily foot soaks or baths with magnesium flakes for 4-6 weeks. You can then cut back to soaks 2-3x a week after that. Combine this with daily use of magnesium oil and/or lotion, higher intake of magnesium-rich foods and increase physical movement, Furthermore, do eliminate all negative talk, low vibe-ing people, processed foods, sugars and inflammatory foods for faster, longer-lasting results! Monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and take measurements, and we look forward to hearing from you on your progress!