There is a cluster of risk factors that together are known as Metabolic Syndrome. When present together, these risk factors increase the likelihood of Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke and Type 2 Diabetes – and each of these risk factors is related to magnesium deficiency.
Metabolic Syndrome risk factors include:
- ‘Central obesity’ or ‘apple-shaped’ weight distribution, with extra weight around the middle and upper parts of the body
- Insulin resistance. The body uses insulin less effectively than normal and as a result, blood sugar and fat levels rise
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure, or hypertension
- Genetic history of any of the factors
- Hormone changes
- Lack of exercise
People who have Metabolic Syndrome often have two other problems that can either cause the condition or make it worse:
- Excess blood clotting
- Increased levels of blood substances that are a sign of inflammation throughout the body
Magnesium and Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome
It is no coincidence that each of these factors represents a process in the body dependent upon magnesium. Multi-tasking magnesium is the mineral that addresses each of these factors.
- Is responsible for the production, function and transport of insulin by the cells
- Activates cell membrane to help balance glucose levels
- Is a natural blood thinner
- Helps prevent and treat insulin resistance for Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- Can reduce high cholesterol
Magnesium is closely bound up with metabolic processes throughout the body – it plays a role in 700 – 800 enzymatic processes at the cellular level. It is not surprising that magnesium, when sufficient, will minimize Metabolic Syndrome risk factors and prevent the onset of conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.