Men’s health & magnesium

Magnesium might be helpful in the treatment and/or prevention of some lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including that most feared enemy high blood pressure.
A small study done in Sweden suggested magnesium supplementation may have a positive effect on blood pressure. The study, involving 20 patients already having treatment for arterial hypertension or congestive heart failure found both diastolic and systolic pressures were reduced after magnesium supplementation for six months.
Another similar study, published in 1989 and involving 47 patients with cardiovascular problems found magnesium treatment had a significant effect on cholesterol levels.
Results from a much larger research project, involving more than 15,000 participants from four US communities, indicated there may be a link between low levels of magnesium and the incidence of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
It was found that, generally, magnesium levels were lower in those with some form of heart disease and high blood pressure compared to healthy subjects. They also found serum levels of magnesium were lower in those with type 2 diabetes, although participants with type 2 diabetes often had the highest dietary intake of magnesium. The study also found that higher magnesium levels led to lower fasting insulin levels which could be a potential protective factor against type 2 diabetes (iii).
A recent World Health Organization report into the public health significance of calcium and magnesium in water supplies recognised that sub-clinical magnesium deficiencies could increase calcium imbalance, worsen blood vessel calcification, and potentially lead to type 2 diabetes.

Prostate and sexual health

Magnesium may also have a protective effect against prostate cancer. A Taiwanese study concluded that magnesium intake from drinking water and other dietary sources may offer a significant protective effect against the risk of prostate cancer development.
Another study found high calcium: magnesium ratios were associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Therefore, it is important to ensure any supplementation with calcium takes into consideration the fact that too much calcium in the body depletes magnesium reserves.

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