You ask very pertinent questions!
The book says that even if you overdo the mag and get the runs as a result' date=' you have still absorbed the necessary amount and I have not noticed a change in b.g. Under the heading: "Three things you need to know about mag and diabetes"
1) Mag deficiency may be an independent predictor of diabetes.
2) Diabetics both need more mag and lose more than most people.
3) Mag is necessary for the production, function, and transport of insulin.
"Without mag insulin is not properly secreted from the pancreas, and what does get into the bloodstream doesn't work correctly. At the cell level, mag is required to open pathways into the cell for the entrance of bloodd sugar. If mag is in short supply, sugar stays in the bloodstream, and as it becomes elevated, symptoms of diabetes appear".
Sue, while re-reading this book, they talk about mag. oxide seemingly having the highest elemental mag., but the fact that ony about 4% of that amount is absorbed.
"Weight for weight and dollar for dollar, magnesium citrate may be the best buy for general use. It is probably the most widely used mag supplement because it's inexpensive, easily absorbed and only has a mild laxative effect. The best form is mag citrate powder mixed in water that can be taken every day. However, if you walk into your local pharmacy and ask for it, you will be directed, usually in a loud voice to the bowel-purging section. If the pharmacist doesn't know the difference between a mag citrate supplement and a bowel-purging laxative, go elsewhere".
There is a section discussing magnesium taurate and that is what I'm going to get. It is a recommended form of mag for people with heart problems. The amino acid taurine is important for heart health and may prevent arrythmias and protect the heart against the damage caused by heart attacks. BUT, I am going in the kitchen now and take what I have until I get the taurate, I'm wondering if my great b.g. numbers were great because I was on a steady regimen of mag and then I stopped.....there are hardly any numbers under 90 in the last two weeks and before when I was on the mag (steadily) there were some 70's, 80's and rarely over 110. HMMMMMMMM???? Off I go to get my mag.!![/quote']
Seagal, you are a wealth of information, thanks for sharing all of it!