Study: More Magnesium Links to Lower Insulin Levels

Spinach_canstockphoto0556156Spinach — the dark green leafy source of Popeye’s superhuman strength — is abundant in many nutrients, including magnesium. A new study suggests that diets higher in magnesium are associated with lower blood levels of glucose and insulin, which are often elevated in people with type 2 diabetes.

Research now shows that people with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of certain cancers, including kidney, pancreatic and colorectal.

The study was published online last month in The Journal of Nutrition.

Study researchers analyzed data from approximately 53,000 non-diabetic European men and women from 15 studies who were part of the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) study. The individual studies had collected dietary data through questionnaires, interviews, and/or food diaries along with glucose and insulin levels after participants had not eaten for at least 8 hours. Continue reading


Obese and Sedentary: How Does Your State Rank?

Americans are living longer then ever before but over a quarter of us are inactive and obese, leading to increased levels of diabetes and other chronic conditions, according to a new report by the United Health Foundation.

Both type 2 diabetes and obesity increase the risk of cancer. Although cancer deaths have declined since 1990 with the help of medical advances, the unhealthy lifestyle habits seen throughout our country suggests that more people will be living longer with a chronic illness or be at increased risk of being diagnosed with cancer.

The 2012 America’s Health Rankings pulled data from government and other sources to gather 24 health measures state by state. You can see the report and how your state ranks here.

For the sixth year in a row, Vermont topped the list for the healthiest state – yet even here, 24 to 30 percent of its residents are obese. Hawaii is ranked as the second healthiest state, followed by New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The five least healthy states are South Carolina, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi and Louisiana, which tied for the 49th slot. Continue reading


More Diabetes: Increased Cancer Risk

With two-thirds of US residents now overweight or obese, it’s no surprise that the incidence of type 2 diabetes has also increased over the decades. A government report released last week shows how sharply the increase has occurred: diabetes cases increased in every state, with six states having 10 percent or more of its residents facing this disease.

The report was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The increased incidence does not bode well. Type 2 diabetes brings with it numerous health complications. It also brings increased cancer risk.

The greatest increases in risk linked to type 2 diabetes are for cancers of the liver, endometrium, pancreas and bladder and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Liver cancer is 250 percent and pancreatic is almost 75 percent higher. There’s a smaller increase in risk for colon and breast cancers. Continue reading