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March 27, 2006

Magnesium Lowers Heart And Diabetes Risks

Topics: Health Issues

fruits_nuts_and_candy.jpg New research may help explain why eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts helps protect the heart and prevent diabetes. The key may be the mineral magnesium. According to the study, people who ate magnesium-rich diets seemed to be protected against developing metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome include elevated blood pressure, low levels of HDL "good" cholesterol, elevated triglycerides (blood fats), elevated fasting-glucose (blood sugar) levels, and abdominal obesity as determined by waistline measurement.

Posted by Richard at March 27, 2006 7:34 PM

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