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October 11, 1999

Magnesium and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(18):2119-2120. doi:10.1001/archinte.159.18.2119

THE ENORMOUS impact of diabetes on morbidity and early mortality in Western societies behooves us to closely examine all possible factors in its pathogenesis.1 The explosive increase in the incidence of diabetes in developing societies further underscores the importance of widening our search for preventable factors beyond the traditional concept of excess caloric intake and decreased caloric expenditure.2 The possibility, therefore, of a nutritional deficiency being an underlying factor has considerable appeal, particularly in terms of its obvious therapeutic implications.

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