Nuts Yes, sort of. This mineral helps regulate at least 300 processes, one of them the production, release, and activity of the hormone insulin. Several studies, including one from Harvard School of Public Health, found that women cut their risk by 48% when they consumed magnesium-rich diets. In contrast, low intake of magnesium increases risk more than three-fold. How does magnesium work? It’s likely that a marginal intake of this mineral contributes to a condition called insulin resistance, where the hormone is released in sufficient amounts from the pancreas, but the body’s cells don’t respond to the hormone by absorbing the excess blood sugar. It is estimated that three out of every four Americans consume magnesium-poor diets, placing the bulk of Americans are risk for all sorts of health issues. You need several servings daily of magnesium-rich foods, such as 100% whole grains, legumes, nuts, green leafy vegetables, and wheat germ. Of course, this issue needs to be put into perspective. The #1 risk factor for type 2 diabetes is being out of shape and overweight. Adding magnesium to the diet won’t fix that!   Photo credit: Martin LaBar via Compfight