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Men and women who have poor intake of magnesium are at increased risk of deadly cancer, new research suggests. According to a report published in British Journal of Cancer, lower magnesium intake is associated with a higher risk for developing pancreatic cancer. This finding underscores the important role nutrition plays in disease prevention.

Research scientists were working from knowledge that lower intake of magnesium increased diabetes risk; since diabetes is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer, they sought to find out if there was a connection between pancreatic cancer and magnesium intake.

It turns out that such a relationship does exist.

The team recruited 66, 806 men and women who participated in the VITamins And Lifestyle (VITAL) study. The participants who ranged in age from 50–76 years at the beginning of the study were followed for approximately 7 years.

The researchers noted that between 2000 and 2008, 151 people developed pancreatic cancer. When the team compared participants who met the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium intake to participants who did not meet the magnesium intake RDA, they learned that for every 100 mg decrease in magnesium intake, incidents of pancreatic cancer increased by 24 %.

This relationship suggests that magnesium plays a role in pancreatic cancer prevention.

The research team noted that the increased risk of pancreatic cancer was limited to people who did not take magnesium supplements.

The research is hard to ignore; scientists drew from a large cohort - 66,000+ participants - whom were followed for 6.8 years which is long enough for the team to gather a great deal of information about the relationship between the intake of magnesium and incidents of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is still considered a rare but deadly form of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, 48,960 new cases of the disease were reported in 2015, and deaths from pancreatic cancer was estimated to be 40,560 for that same year. Yet every life lost to the disease is sad and in some cases may have been preventable.

What this study means for the general population is that taking multivitamins that contain magnesium or taking magnesium supplements alone could reduce a person's chances of developing pancreatic cancer.  And that is definitely worth serious consideration.


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Article References

Dibaba D, Xun P, Yokota K, White E, & He K (2015). Magnesium intake and incidence of pancreatic cancer: the VITamins and Lifestyle study. British journal of cancer, 113 (11), 1615-21 PMID: 26554653

National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program


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