Magnesium Controls Glucose,
Insulin and HbA1c Metabolism


If you want to reduce the risk of diabetes and not be a victim then estimating the magnesium intake from the food you eat and the water you drink is the primary beginning steps.

For several decades research journals have been providing statistical support that diets low in magnesium, and water low in magnesium, are both associated with the onset of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.1, 2, 3

Not surprising, since it is well documented in the field of biochemistry; that glucose entry into the cells and glucose metabolism within the cells are both controlled by magnesium-dependent enzymes such as tyrosine kinase and phosphofructokinase. 4, 5

When the intracellular magnesium ions become too low, due to the chronic consumption of a diet low in magnesium, the magnesium enzymes will no longer function properly.6

Explaining why, regardless of gender, body mass index, ethnicity, or a family’s history of diabetes; increasing magnesium intake has improved glucose, insulin, and Hba1c metabolism in type-1 and type-2 diabetic children and adults and in prediabetic patients.7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

How is it Possible to become Magnesium Deficient?

The answer to this question is simple; because the magnesium concentrations vary so much between foods that it is easy to pick a group of foods low in magnesium; and if eaten on a regular basis will eventually result in a deficiency.

Consider the following two dietary examples.

1/4 cup Pecan Nuts301/4 cup Cashews80
1 cup Green Beans181 cup White Beans134
1 Granny Smith Apple81 Asian Pear22
1 cup Wild Rice521 cup Quinoa118
1 cup Fresh Spinach8Canned Spinach163
2 Liters Purified Bottled Water02 Liters Evian Water52
Total116 mgTotal569 mg

As the above example shows, many foods and bottled waters may not contain enough magnesium to prevent a deficiency, if consumed during a lifetime.

Furthermore, because a subclinical magnesium deficiency has no clinical symptoms; its onset and progression goes unnoticed due to a lack of suspicion.

Because of this, a sub-clinical magnesium deficiency is considered to be the number one miss-diagnosed abnormality in medical practice today, and; a public health crisis.15, 16

Individuals who have a sub-clinical magnesium deficiency may appear health, however, at the cellular level, there is something terribly wrong.

The Diabetic Electrolyte Ratio

In its most simplistic context, at the cellular level, diabetes is simply an electrolyte imbalance between the calcium and magnesium ions.

And the risk in this electrolyte disorder can be predicted and managed by the dietary Calcium/Magnesium intake ratio.

The Calcium/Magnesium Ratios

Over the past 30-years, due to the over consumptions of calcium supplements and calcium-fortified foods; the intake of calcium has steadily increased while that of magnesium has not.

This has shifted the general publics's average dietary Ca/Mg intake ratio from what use to be a safe value of 2.3 to a value well above 4.0. And a dietary ratio> 3.0 coincides with a rise in diabetes and a blood ratio > 3.0 has been correlated with glycemic control in type 2 diabetics and the degree of insulin resistance.17, 18, 19

Recommended Ca/Mg Ratio

Individuals consuming a diet consisting of foods with a Ca/Mg ratio always > 2.5 are at high risk of developing a sub-clinical magnesium deficiency and if left uncontrolled, type-2 diabetes.

There is nothing wrong with eating foods or drinking water with a high Ca/Mg ratio but they must not dominate your diet over a long period of time.


There exist in the general population a dietary-induced hidden health condition known as a sub-clinical magnesium deficiency and is being driven by a high dietary Calcium/Magnesium intake ratio.

Most disturbing; this population is completely unaware they are increasing their risk for type-2 diabetes because a sub-clinical magnesium deficiency has no medically acknowledged clinical symptoms. © Bio Bionics


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