Thursday, October 21, 2010

Diabetes? Hypertension? Low in Magnesium?

Poor Magnesium Status May be Related to Metabolic Syndrome

As I stood listening to a successful business man tell me he is healthy and doesn't need nutritional supplements, I couldn't help but notice that he is disproportionately round around the middle.  Could he be low in Magnesium?  Could he be a candidate for Metabolic Syndrome?  Diabetes?  Hypertension?

The following study is a wake-up call to cut down on sugars and to watch your weight, plus to be certain that you are getting all the right nutrients every day.  It's virtually impossible to eat all the right nutrients, antioxidants and minerals in optimal doses at every meal, so that's why you want to consume the best nutritional supplements.  I have chosen the Usana Health Sciences program.

 Metabolic syndrome has been defined as the presence of abdominal obesity combined with two of the following factors: hypertension, dyslipidemia, impaired glucose tolerance, or diabetes mellitus. Magnesium is an essential cofactor for more than 300 enzymes involved in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.
In a recent study, researchers enrolled 117 overweight and obese patients and measured serum magnesium levels together with fasting serum glucose, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), and triacylglycerols. Researchers found a strong inverse relationship between serum magnesium levels and the presence of metabolic syndrome. 

In addition, as the level of serum magnesium decreased, the number of factors relating to metabolic syndrome increased. Also, there was an inverse relationship between serum magnesium levels and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation). 

The scientists concluded that decreased levels of serum magnesium are associated with increased risk for metabolic syndrome, possibly due to a low-grade inflammatory process. 

Angelos A, et al. An inverse relationship between cumulating components of the metabolic syndrome and serum magnesium levels. 2008. Nutrition Research 28(10):659-63. 

Note:  For those needing more magnesium, (pretty well everyone) it is included in Usana's Essentials, the number one ranked nutritional supplement in North America (The Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements by Lyle MacWilliam).

Deanna Waters   204-237-8250  
Are you doing everything you can to have optimal health, life long? 
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