The body requires energy to move around and get to places as fast as possible. The primary energy source is the blood glucose in the body, which helps provide power for the body and the brain, muscle cell tissues, and the blood cells that travel to each body’s organs. When disruptive forces start to affect the body, like chronic stress, endocrine disruptors, or lifestyle choices, it can cause the glucose levels to either increase or decrease depending on the severity. When glucose levels become too high, it can cause hyperglycemia or diabetes to develop. When they are too low, it can cause hypoglycemia. The body also suffers when there aren’t enough nutrients, minerals, or vitamins to provide energy to the body as symptoms of fatigue and insulin resistance begin to rise. Fortunately, there are ways to boost the body’s glucose levels naturally. Today’s article focus on a mineral known as magnesium, its benefits, and how it affects insulin resistance in the body. Refer patients to certified, skilled providers specializing in endocrine treatments for individuals with insulin resistance. We guide our patients by referring to our associated medical providers based on their examination when it’s appropriate. We find that education is critical for asking insightful questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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What Is Magnesium?
Have you been feeling weird pins and needles sensations in certain parts of your body? Are you suffering from chronic fatigue and muscle cramps? Have you lost your sense of appetite? Or have you felt muscle spasms in your arms or legs? Many of these symptoms are signs that your body is suffering from low levels of magnesium in your body. Research studies have defined magnesium as the fourth most common mineral in the body that provides fundamental functions for regulation. Magnesium can be found in certain foods like leafy greens, chocolate, nuts, fruits, and meats that are riched with this mineral and can be regulated in homeostasis in the intestines, kidneys, and bones in the body. Additional research studies have shown that magnesium is essential for maintaining the body’s normal organ and cellular function. Magnesium also ensures that each organ functions normally and is transported through the entire body by the blood cells. Magnesium also plays a vital role in the body’s energy production as it helps regulate glycemic control.
What Are Its Benefits?
As the fourth common mineral in the body, magnesium helps the body in many ways as it provides energy to other organs and body systems. Some of the benefits that magnesium provides, as research has shown, include:
- Reducing insomnia
- Prevent metabolic syndrome
- Reduce migraines and headaches
- Helps with pregnancies
- Reduce asthmatic symptoms
- Relieve muscle cramps
Additional information has shown that magnesium can help those with anxiety by modulating the HPA (hypothalamic pituitary adrenal) axis and substrating the stress response system in the body. Magnesium also plays a role when it comes to glucose levels in the body and affects insulin resistance.
An Overview Of Magnesium & Insulin Resistance-Video
Are you feeling migraines and headaches popping up out of nowhere? Have your muscles started to ache and cramped? Have you been experiencing asthmatic symptoms more frequently? Or have your blood glucose levels begun to rise? If you have been suffering from any of these symptoms, you could suffer from magnesium deficiency. The video above explains what happens when the body is experiencing insulin resistance due to magnesium deficiency. Research studies have found that magnesium deficiency is not uncommon worldwide, as early signs of magnesium deficiency can cause nausea, vomiting, and weakness in the body while causing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Surprisingly, diabetes is one of the most common causes of magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance.
How Does Magnesium Affect Insulin Resistance?
Research studies have found that magnesium deficiency in the body can increase the risk of insulin resistance and cause the body to become dysfunctional. When metabolic imbalances are associated with trending low or alert, low magnesium levels in the body, it can increase the serum CRP-hs, cause headaches, weight gain, and an increased risk for metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. The intestines will be impaired in intestinal absorption while the blood glucose levels will increase and cause type 2 diabetes to form. However, additional information has also been provided that when an individual begins to take magnesium regularly, it can help dampen the effects of insulin resistance by regulating the blood glucose levels in the body. Many individuals with pre-existing diabetes can take a bit of magnesium to improve their blood glucose levels and continue on their health journey.
Incorporating supplements and minerals like magnesium could help lower the risk of insulin resistance and manage type 2 diabetes. The body needs the energy to function normally and move around constantly. Magnesium is a common mineral that can help regulate the organ’s functions and helps regulate blood glucose levels. When the body starts to suffer from magnesium deficiency, it can cause various issues that can make a person miserable while the body starts to become dysfunctional. Incorporating magnesium as part of a healthy lifestyle for the body can provide the necessary energy that a person needs to function and help them along their health and wellness journey.
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