How to Stop Pre-Diabetes from Progressing Into Full-Blown Diabetes

By Michael A. Smith, MD

Pre-diabetes affects an estimated 79 million people in the U.S. Sadly, almost all of them will go on to develop the full-blown disease within 5 years.1 Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when an individual has a fasting blood sugar level between 110-120 mg/dl on three consecutive blood tests.

Lifestyle changes can go a long way to prevent this from progressing into full-blown diabetes; however, dieting and exercise alone are not always enough. So what else can be done? Well, new research shows that increasing your magnesium intake could actually make a significant difference.

Magnesium Halts the Development of Diabetes

Emerging scientific evidence suggests that a higher magnesium intake may reduce the incidence of diabetes. Researchers from Soochow University examined the association between magnesium intake and risk of type 2 diabetes by conducting a meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies.2

The researchers combined the results of 13 prospective cohort studies involving 536,318 participants where they discovered thousands of cases that detected a significant link between higher magnesium intake and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

This association was not substantially modified by geographic region, follow-up length, sex, or family history of type 2 diabetes. Also, it seems that an increase in magnesium intake produces further drops in diabetes risk. For every 100 mg/day increase of magnesium, the risk of diabetes drops significantly.

The authors concluded that their research provides further evidence supporting a link between higher magnesium intake and a lower risk of diabetes.

Diabetes-Halting Foods that are Rich in Magnesium

So how do you get more magnesium in your system? Well, the first thing to do is start eating foods that are rich in magnesium. The following table lists some top food sources and the amount of magnesium that they contain per serving:

Food Source Amount of Magnesium per Serving
Bran (Rice & Oats) 600 mg per cup
Dried Herbs (Coriander, Chives, Spearmint, Basil) 14 mg per tablespoon
Squash, Pumpkin & Watermelon Seeds 700 mg per cup
Dark Chocolate 400 mg per cup
Flax & Sesame Seeds 60 mg per tablespoon
Brazil Nuts 500 mg per cup
Sunflower Seeds 300 mg per cup
Almonds & Cashews 400 mg per cup
Soybeans 400 mg per cup

What are the Best Magnesium Supplement Formulas?

Oral magnesium comes in many different formulas with varying degrees of absorption. Some of the better absorbed forms of magnesium are:

  • Magnesium citrate
  • Magnesium aspartate
  • Magnesium succinate
Most people typically supplement with magnesium between 250-500 mg/day. However, if you’re a pre-diabetic, you may want to shoot for the higher end of the range.

Preventing Diabetes is Possible

As with everything, prevention is far easier than treating a disease. And it’s our firm belief that diabetes is likely preventable following a simple 1-2-3 approach.

  1. Avoid anything white (sugars, dairy, breads, pasta) and increase the amount of fiber and whole grains in your diet.
  2. Get up and move. Specifically, tone your major muscle groups. Muscle cells are the most metabolically active cells in the human body. The more toned they are, the more sugar you will burn.
  3. Eat dark colored vegetables and magnesium-rich foods. If you’re pre-diabetic, consider adding some magnesium to your daily supplement regimen.
Give the 1-2-3 approach a try and let us know how it works for you!

Want to read more about natural strategies to prevent diabetes? 


  1. 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet -
  2. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34(9):2116-22 (ISSN: 1935-5548).


Mike Brown said...

Hi, thanks for the article very interesting, How do you feel about Mg supplementation via the skin, that is by bathing in Epsom salts? many thanks....

Life Extension said...

Hi Mike. Not sure. We would have to see some research showing absorption into your system. But lots of people claim to get a therapeutic effect from bathing in Epsom salts, especially for tired muscles.

diabeteshealthcare said...

I'm totally agreed with your suggestions and it seems that the balance of glucose is most essential part of the treatment if your are suffering from this evil disease.

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LifeExtension said...

diabeteshealthcare - We appreciate your thoughts. Thank you!

superhumanradio said...

In this evil disease the balance of blood sugar level is the most important factor and really it damages the blood cells and vessels too.

Life Extension said...

superhumanradio - Right! That's precisely what it does.

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