Anne Marie From South Dakota writes:
I am 37 and have recently been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. My doctor says to change my diet and it might help. I also am constantly dealing with migraines a few times per month. Could any of this be related to my eating habits?
Dear Anne Marie,
The great news is that your doctor is catching the pre-diabetes now instead of it turning into full-blown diabetes later. That is the power of testing to see where the body is headed. The answer is typically yes when it comes to your lifestyle habits affecting your general health. If we eat certain foods that leave our bodies deficient, then we can develop health challenges along the way. The correlation with the blood sugar instability and the migraines sounds like a common link to a deficiency in magnesium. Magnesium is one of the most powerful minerals that we need each day. It is responsible for nearly every function and tissue in the body. It can prevent much of the inflammation associated with many cancers, supports a healthy immune system, and can prevent heart attacks. A recent Harvard study found that magnesium is able to ward off depression, diabetes, and migraines. You can easily get a blood test with your doctor or Lifestyle Specialist to see if you have this particular nutritional deficiency. Supplements can be helpful, however, I am a big fan of getting everything you can from great natural food sources. Here are some typical foods that are power packed with magnesium:
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dark Chocolate
- Goat Milk Yogurt