Contributed by Jason Knapfel, the Senior Producer for DietsInReview.com, which provides the tools and information needed to shape a healthier you.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes. Think about it: Nearly 8% (that's almost one of every 10 people you will see today) suffers from diabetes.
Worse yet, there are a lot more people who have "pre-diabetes" and aren't aware of whgat lies ahead...
Diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage and even the loss of limbs.
It can also be a factor in accelerating the hardening and narrowing of your arteries, which leads to strokes, coronary heart disease and other diseases.
Ultimately, if not monitored and managed properly, diabetes can be fatal. In fact, it is the third most prevalent cause of death in the U.S. (behind heart disease and cancer).
While genetics sometimes has a part in whether or not you will ever have diabetes, your lifestyle choices also play a major role.
The best way to prevent diabetes in the first place is to keep your weight in check and exercise. There are some specific nutrients that can have an impact as well.
According to a new study, you can boost the tools in your diabetes prevention tool kit by making sure that you get enough magnesium.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that people who consumed the most magnesium (from foods and vitamin supplements) are about half as likely to develop diabetes over the next 20 years as those who took in the lowest amount of magnesium.
"Increasing magnesium intake may be important for improving insulin sensitivity, reducing systemic inflammation, and decreasing diabetes risk," the researchers reported.
The people with the highest magnesium intake averaged about 200 milligrams of magnesium for every 1,000 calories they consumed, and they were 47% less likely to develop diabetes.