Magnesium-Rich Foods Could Help Prevent Diabetes

An estimated 23.6 million Americans —including one out of four people aged 60 or older—have Type 2 diabetes. Roughly 5.7 million of them don’t know it. And 57 million others have pre-diabetes.

However, there is evidence that magnesium-rich foods can help prevent Type-2 diabetes.

Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely than others to have a stroke or to die of heart disease.

Is There a Good Way to Exercise to Reduce Diabetes Risks?

In 2002, the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) found that a combination of a low-calorie, low-fat diet plus exercise reduces the risk of diabetes more than metformin (a blood-sugar-lowering drug) or a placebo in people at high risk for the disease. Seven years after the three-year trial ended, the weight loss and exercise were still paying off.

Among 1,416 women in the DPP who had no history of diabetes during pregnancy, those who had been in the weight loss + exercise group had a 30 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with diabetes since the study ended than those who got metformin or the placeb

Foods That Prevent Diabetes are Right in your Kitchen

An explosion. That’s how experts describe worldwide diabetes rates.

And type 2 diabetes—which used to be called “adult-onset”—is now being diagnosed in adolescents. So why does diabetes belong in the “Diseases We Can Prevent” group? Because we know there are, directly and indirectly, foods that prevent diabetes.

We know that obesity is, by far, the most important cause of diabetes. “Studies suggest that more than 80 percent of diabetes is due to overweight and obesity,” says JoAnn Manson of Harvard Medical School. “It has an enormous impact on risk.”