A new study found calcium and magnesium may reduce metabolic syndrome risk.
Over 9000 adults participated in this research. Using 24 hour recalls researchers found women who met US RDA’s on these minerals (Magnesium 310 – 320 mg/day and Calcium (1000 – 1200 mg/day) experienced the largest reduction in metabolic syndrome risks. Men however had to increase their intakes of these minerals (Magnesium over 386 mg/day and Calcium over 1224 mg/day) to experience metabolic syndrome risk reductions. It was not understood why these differences occurred between men and women. Triglyceride levels and HDL cholesterol levels in addition to glucose levels were used as markers of metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is defined as a “clustering of metabolic traits”. These traits include glucose intolerance, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity and high levels of fats in the blood (dyslipidaemia). Increases in diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer are associated with metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome has increased from 23.7% of adults over the age of 20 in 1988-1994 to 34.2% of adults in 1999-2006.
Further research is needed.
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