It’s been estimated that 80% of diabetics have low intracellular (inside the cell) magnesium. Diabetics both need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people. Research suggests low magnesium can boost your risk of developing type II diabetes by 33%.
It’s a Fact: Magnesium and insulin need each other for normal healthy function. Without magnesium, your pancreas won’t secrete enough insulin, or the insulin it secretes won’t be efficient enough to control your blood sugar. And without insulin, magnesium doesn’t get transported from your blood into your cells, where it does most of its work.
Numerous studies, and even the American Diabetes Association have stated that magnesium enhances insulin secretion, facilitating sugar metabolism. Without magnesium, insulin is not able to transfer glucose into cells; thus glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.
From 1993 to 1995 there were 67,000 amputations performed on people with diabetes. The cost for this extremely invasive surgery is between $30,000 and $60,000, and does not include the special home health care or social services needed after the operations.
Why do diabetics need amputations? Because of gangrene and severe foot ulcerations caused by diabetes. Recent analysis shows that people (especially women, or people with weight issues) who had a higher dietary intake of magnesium decreased the risk of type II diabetes.
"Magnesium has potentially beneficial effects at several key steps of glucose and insulin metabolism." *
“Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” by Mark Sircus, Ac., O.M.D. (hon.). Other sources: www.wikipedia.com, www.webmd.com, www.diabetes.org, and www.americanheart.com