Eat These 3 Foods for Better Blood Sugar

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller with a quick tip for preventing diabetes. Rates of diabetes are sky rocketing, but you could lower your risk significantly just by eating more of these three foods. Spinach, almonds, and black beans. Each one is a rich, helpful source of magnesium. In a recent study, middle aged people whose diets had the most magnesium were 36% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, compared with people who got the least amount of this mineral.

Magnesium is essential for healthy blood sugar, because it helps your body use carbs for energy. Your body turns carbs into blood sugar, but when magnesium stores are low, your cells can't take up and use blood sugar properly. This condition is also known as insulin resistance. To avoid it, we recommend that you get 400-500 milligrams a day.

Besides beans, almonds, and spinach, there're other great food sources for magnesium. Be sure you add halibut, ground cereal, baked potatoes, brown rice, and bananas to your diet. Eat more magnesium rich foods, and you'll keep your energy system running smoothly. Stay tuned, and watch more great Health Smarts from me, Dr. Robin Miller, right here.