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.

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I can say that all of the friends I know on the pill form are using the Alta health version. Calcium is what hardens the arteries. The good news is that magnesium counteracts that and SOFTENS the arteries. The other good news is that when both magnesium AND calcium are introduced, they go straight to the bones to fortify them.

In this case, the magnesium will prevent any damage from the binder. And don't get me wrong. calcium is needed too, but too MUCH calcium is just as harmful as too little. Magnesium and calciium act as balancers to each other.
I found this explaining the different forms of mineral supplements http://www.chiro.org/nutrition/ABSTRACTS/minerals.shtml. Lots of good info about what's the most bioavailable form.
I've read directly on the thyroid medications that magnesium is not to be taken with it. would you mind sharing which medication you use? i would be happy to do some more research on that particular medication. Or if you prefer not to share, you may also do research on it. Just plug away at the computer and look up side-effects and the effect of supplementation on that particular medication. :)
Kind of you to share all this info. My thyroid med is liothyronine, which is T3. I take it twice daily, every 12 hours. I was told not to take it with calcium & hours away from meals. Appreciate your help. Thanks!
http://www.druglib.com/druginfo/cytomel/interactions_overdosage_con... ( This article explains that there is a need to watch BOTH hypoglycemic meds and insulin meds as the medicine you're taking can lead to a need to increase either of them. ) There were also drug effects with estrogen, and a low cortisone problem in the body... along with some others I do not recall but you can click on the link to cover your bases. :)

http://healthywithin.blogspot.com/ ("Then I need to wait 3 hours after the T3 dose before I can take Magnesium supplements.") This is a person you may be able to contact, although she does not have the diabetic problems. She takes magnesium daily. And she's on the same medication you are on.

http://kidshealth.org/teen/medications/liothyronine.html (this article states that children ... and I'd assume adults as well... should not have magnesium, calcium or aluminum within 4 hours.


Now I have to thank you. I understand NOW why they advise NOT to have magnesium within a certain time period of this medication. It takes time for the thyroid hormones to digest and magnesum can bind it (so can calcium or aluminum) and make it so you don't digest it. Thereby, you excrete it and see no benefit. You CAN still take magnesium, just wait 4 hours AFTER you've taken your thyroid medicine. According to the data I've found that is. I found a few other sites saying the same thing. I typed in Liothyronine and Magnesium in my search engine, also tried Liothyronine contraindications, and liothyronine and other medications.

Hope I helped!
I forgot to stress, that because magnesium has an effect of balancing hormones to be SURE to watch the thyroid levels regularly. You MAY (not promising, but it's a slight possibility) be able to reduce the amount of thyroid medicne you're taking.
liquid magnesium chloride is great for spraying on aches and pains. It tastes like sea water and smells like a fish bowl. (hard to get down that way, but possible.) It's also VERY expensive. It's aka is magnesium oil. If you choose to use the liquid form, I'd buy the bag of salts and then mix 2/3 cup of salts with 1/2 gallon of distilled water. It will cost you $.50 for a gallon vs. the $100 per gallon on-line.
if you're going to drink it, recommended is 1/4 cup per day after the heaviest meal or spread out over two meals.
I get my pills on Amazon.com using the search engine with magnesium chloride. The pills that show up at the top are 500 mg.

They can be purchased in many health food stores, but I haven't found them at GNC or Walmart, or Walgreens. They are sold at vitamin shoppe. Anyone else who is able to find them, feel free to share!
I have not read the responses yet... But I do think you are on to something. People should have their magnesium levels checked when they have their labs done.
I take 2/day, come to find out I was deficient. My Endo also suggested that I soak every now & then in epsom salt which is magnesium. Our bodies absorb it thru the soaks.
Not all pills/supplements are digested properly so people need to be followed up on their lab draws. Certain brands are better than others. Kal is a good one.
Magnesium helps maintain muscle and helps to prevent muscle loss, aiding in weight gain. Just another bonus.
I agree that it helps with many things...but there are limits. Magnesium can not help people do math or suddenly complete a week of school, seems like a bit of a stretch there.
Good subject to introduce here!
Passing it along - When you mentioned "baths"...were you talking about epsom soaks?
baths can be taken with magnesium chloride or with epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) but there is a major difference in the effect. The magnesium chloride acts on the body in a much shorter time period. The sulfate (epsom salt) form is AS effective, it just takes a lot longer to see results.

The human body converts all magnesium into magnesium chloride. The sulfate form is the easiest one to convert and all others are extremely hard to break down and usually go through the entire digestive system and excreted before it can be converted.

epsom salts are used in air form for asthmatics in a severe attack in the emergency room. MgCl is used directly after heart attacks or strokes.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19085527 (inverse relationship between levels of depression and anxiety vs levels of magnesium ... i.e. the lower the magnesium the higher the depression rates and anxiety)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19085527 (magnesium and B6 supplementation leads to SIGNIFICANT improvement for those who suffer ADHD)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16579066 (Magne B6 supplementation reduces hyperactivity in children)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16579066 (neurological disturbances in children with lower levels of magnesium corrected with Magne B6)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15466962 (magnesium and B6 improves nervous excitability and hyperactivity in children)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19944540 (magnesium improves ALL depression... this include postpartum blues)
... there are several medical articles about magnesium treating depression also. anyone wishing me to post them, just let me know.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16618096 (magnesium treates bipolar disorder... has the highly similar properties to lithium.) this is a MOOD disorder, like depression, anxiety, ptsd etc.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16542786 (RAPID recovery from mood disorders, drug use and alcoholism with magnesium supplementation ... this study actually recommends it be added to drinking water in cities)

there are over 5000 pages regarding magnesium and its effect on the WHOLE human body in recognized medical journals. . It affects NERVES and the brain functions on nerve impulses, it affects muscles and yes, it absolutely stops muscle wasting and muscle loss, it also burns fat. it affects the entire digestive system. It affects the heart, skeletal strength and it is part of DNA and RNA replication, so yes, Magnesium has an effect on the WHOLE body. Not just a few things.
my son and I both have ADHD. It certainly affects the ability to concentrate and to remember things. ABSOLUTELY there was an improvement in his math and in my ability to focus on tasks. He could remember the previous days' lesson and apply it, vs. constantly having to reteach him the same lessons over and over. You'd have to see it to understand. And this was absolutely noted by the supervising teacher in charge of his improvment and learning. My son is on nothing else. He takes B vitamins and magnesium chloride. Without it, there is a DISTINCT and IMMEDIATE mood change, and EVERYONE immediately recognizes his need for taking it. It's that easy to see the difference.

In me too. Mine also shows physically in muscle twitching and fatigue. But I have enough b-vitamins in the body, my problem is solely magnesium deficiency. Do realize that my PTSD, anxiety and depression were all tracked by medical doctors. ALL noted an immediate improvement after one week. This was followed by a psychiatrist, a gastro-enterologist, an immunologist, an allergist, and opthamologist and a neurologist. The deficiency was caught by the allergist. My body was so depleted that it was life-threatening. I'd been on a number of medications over 2 years which were not working. Magnesium worked THAT fast.

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