December 16, 2005 09:49 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Magnesium matters
Research published in June in The Journal of Nutrition described how magnesium deficiency in female rats affected their offspring. The team at the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism of National Institute of Nutrition in India found that maternal magnesium deficiency increased body fat and induced insulin resistance in offspring by the time they reached 6 months. Also, the addition of perinatal magnesium-restricted diet impaired offspring’s glucose tolerance.
This follows a study published in Diabetes Care in May that found an association between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance during childhood. According to the authors, based at the University of Virginia and the State University of New York at Buffalo, magnesium deficiency has already been associated with insulin resistance and increased risk of type II diabetes in adults. They concluded, “Magnesium supplementation or increased intake of magnesium rich foods may be an important tool in the prevention of type II diabetes in obese children.”