Okay. I'm going to point out that I'm NOT a doctor, not a nurse, not an allopathic or naturopathic doctor. But I do research for the medical field and for doctors.
I'm passing this information along because after having been misdiagnosed and diagnosed with many deadly illnesses along with being pre-diabetes, and after watching 2 people I love struggle with diabetes type 2, well, here's the information:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21288611 (magnesium helps control blood sugar)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21241290 (magnesium improves insulin sensitivity)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21205110 (oral magnesium reduces insulin resistance)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20957114 (magnesium protects against diabetic neuropathy)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20857343 (magnesium improved skin in diabetic rats)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20807870 (magnesium reduces systemic inflammation, insulin resistance and the incidence of diabetes)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20736142 (magnesium improves vascular function in diabetic patients - vascular is heart and blood)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20580779 (eating almonds helps glycemic control)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20536778 (low magnesium IS related to obesity and inflammation)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20507838 (patients with D type ONE also have a propensity to low magnesium... do be careful with this article, as it talks about serum magnesium... ths important number is actually CELLULAR magnesium)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20460213 (magnesium chloride supplements help obese women lose weight)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20299332 ((Magnesium protects the skin in diabetic dysfunction)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20228010 (magnesium may improve blood pressure)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed (magnesium improves heart health and hardening of arteries in diabetic patients)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20118941 (magnesium is prescribed in gestational diabetes and in pre-eclampsia)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19629403 (low magnesium is associated with insulin resistance)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19593099 (nerve dysfunction and heart dysfunction caused by low magnesium)
Alright, I think you get the idea. BUT having posted all of the above, there are other medical studies to compliment these: I can post them for you later, as I've been researching for a while today just pulling up the links.
DO talk to your doctor before supplementing with magnesium.
Magnesium CHLORIDE is the most effective (most doctors are unaware of this) ALL other magnesium forms (other than magnesium sulfate) are very hard for the body to digest and very little effective.
You can purchase magnesium chloride over the counter or on-line. DO NOT get a magnesium chloride that has any other added vitamins or minerals as this binds the magnesium and it will serve only one function rather than many. Eg: Slow-mag (with calcium) will help osteoporosis but nothing else. E-bay and Amazon both have it for sale. It's VERY inexpensive. CHEAP. Do NOT purchase magnesium oil on-line as they are selling a product you can make at home for about $.05 a gallon. (I can provide the how to's on that if you want.)
Magnesium serves a MULTITUDE of functions in the human body, and is DIRECTLY linked to Diabetes, (most types of) Cancer, and Heart Attacks/Strokes. It is directly linked to ADHD (must be supplemented with b-complex vitamins) and gastrointestimal problems, with nausea in pregnancy, stomach upset, with all mood disorders (depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD, etc), with gall bladder problems, with acid reflux (especially if you were ever or are on Nexium, Prilosec, etc. as these directly cause magnesium deficiency. It is linked with many eye diseases (glaucoma, retinities pigmentosa, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.) and with muscle cramps, muscle twitching, nervous tics, Anxiety, Panic attacks, high blood pressure, high bad cholesterol levels and migraines among other things.
It's as simple as adding one Magnesium Chloride pill after lunch and one after dinner. You may get diarrhea from taking it, as it also acts as a laxative but this diarrhea will also be clearing the liver of fatty deposits, and will clear your whole body of extra fat. Don't worry about the diarrhea unless you have blood in the stool or pain due to the diarrhea.
Both of the people I have in my family who began to take magnesium have already had their blood sugars reduce significantly. It continues to reduce. BOTH have had an adjustment to their eating habits caused SOLELY by the magnesium and not by dieting efforts. One who is obese and could not stop eating, can now not eat more than a small meal 2 times daily, and is seeing stomach inflammation reduce dramatically, the other eats MORE (she ate only once daily and was too full) because the MgCl (magnesium chloride) improves digesion of food so it's not sitting in the stomach. ALL aches and pains will go away. AS will migraines and headaches. BUT you may experience about 3 days of pains before they all go away (this is nerves reawakening) and/or headaches for about 3 days before you never experience those again.
You will experience taste buds changing, as healthy foods will taste INFINITELY better (even if you like them now, they'll have a GREAT flavor as you take magnesium over a longer period of time) and you will experience a distaste for processed foods.
PROCESSED FOODS contain NO MAGNESIUM. All fruits and vegetables do, BUT it's a vicious circle because once your body is short on magnesium it can't digest any of the food you put in it. Which means you can't break the magensium out of the food in order to replenish the magnesium in your body.
Last but not least: SERUM MAGNESIUM TESTS ARE INCONCLUSIVE. you MUST ask for a MAGNESIUM LOAD test.
Don't accept less from your doctor and INSIST. DO print off the information I've provided above and take it to your doctor.
Anyone who would like me to provide more specific medical articles for other diseases that are linked with magnesium deficiency, I'll be happy to tailor all of the research specifically for you or your loved ones so that you can take the information to your doctor.