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White Rice & Diabetes

Published on March 20, 2012


Health researchers said this month they had found a troubling link between higher consumption of white rice and type 2 diabetes. “What we’ve found is white rice is likely to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Qi Sun of the Harvard School of Public Health.

In the studies carried out in China and Japan, those who ate most rice were 55% more likely to develop the disease than those who ate the least. White rice is the dominant form of rice eaten in the world. Machines produce its polished look by hulling and milling, leaving a grain that is predominantly starch with very little nutrition at its best.

White rice, white sugar, white bread and white pasta are white because they are stripped of their mineral, vitamin and fiber content. These are actually poisonous foods for us because they actually cause magnesium deficiency. It is this magnesium deficiency that is driving up the incidence of diabetes to the pandemic level. Neither the researchers nor the medical media seem to think this fact is important enough to broadcast to the world.

Dr. Carolyn Dean indicates that magnesium deficiency is an independent predictor of diabetes and that diabetics need more as well as lose more magnesium than most people. Magnesium is necessary for the production, function and transport of insulin.

Magnesium deficiency induces insulin resistance, hypertension, dyslipidemia, endothelial activation and prothrombic changes in combination with the upregulation of markers of inflammation and oxidative stress.[1] Increasing magnesium levels improves and helps correct insulin sensitivity, which is the fundamental defect that characterizes pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease. In several studies, daily oral magnesium supplementation substantially improved insulin sensitivity by 10% and reduced blood sugar by 37%.[2],[3] Without insulin magnesium doesn’t get transported from our blood into our cells where it is most needed.

Researchers found that 55% of obese children did not get enough magnesium from the foods they ate, compared with only 27% of lean children.

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Diabetic neuropathy and other complications of diabetes are made worse as a result of concurrent magnesium deficiency. Over 68% of the U.S. population is magnesium deficient, and up to 80% of type 2 diabetics are deficient[4] since they waste more magnesium than others due to out-of-control blood sugar levels.

Children labeled “pre-diabetic” (now 41 million) are in great need of magnesium, which has been linked to preventing the development of type 2 diabetes.[5] In a series of papers, Dr. L. M. Resnick has shown in the test tube that an increase of glucose in the fluid leads to the release and/or displacement of magnesium from the red blood cells; thus in the body, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) will cause a total body magnesium deficiency.[6] Improved insulin sensitivity from magnesium replacement can markedly reduce triglyceride levels.[7]

A separate Gallup survey (in 1995) of 500 adults with diabetes reported that 83% of those with diabetes are consuming insufficient magnesium from food with many by significant margins.[8] One group has recently suggested that the effects of reduced glutathione on glucose metabolism may be mediated, at least in part, by increasing intracellular magnesium levels.[9]

Repletion of the deficiency with transdermal magnesium chloride mineral therapy[10] is the ideal way of administering magnesium in medically therapeutic doses. Such treatments will, in all likelihood, help avoid or ameliorate such complications as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, arrhythmias, hypertension, and sudden cardiac death and will improve the course of the diabetic condition in general.[11]


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[1] Potential mechanisms include the priming of phagocytic cells, the opening of calcium channels, activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, the activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NFkB) and activation of the renin-angiotensin system. Magnes Res. 2006 Dec;19(4):237-4

[2] Guerrero-Romero F, Tamez-Perez HE, Gonzalez-Gonzalez G et al. Oral magnesium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity in non-diabetic subjects with insulin resistance. A double-blind placebo-controlled randomized trial. Diabetes Metab. 2004 Jun;30(3):253-8.

[3] Rodriguez-Moran M and Guerrero-Romero F. Oral magnesium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity and metabolic control in type 2 diabetic subjects: a randomized double-blind controlled trial. Diabetes Care. 2003 Apr;26(4):1147-52.

[4] Carper, J. Mighty Magnesium. USA Weekend. 2002 Aug 30-Sept 1.

[5]Magnesium Deficiency Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
Studies conducted at Harvard University indicate that people who have high levels of magnesium in their blood are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance than those with lower levels. Studies in Mexico have also found an alleviation of diabetes symptoms in patients who took dietary supplements containing magnesium. Original Source:,31268.asp

[6] Diabetologia” 36(8):767-70, 1993

[7] Yokota K, Kato M, Lister F, et al. Clinical efficacy of magnesium supplementation in patients with type 2 diabetes. J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Oct;23(5):506S-9S.

[8] v57, Better Nutrition for Today’s Living, March ’95, p34.

[9] Barbagallo, Mario et al. Effects of Vitamin E and Glutathione on Glucose Metabolism:  Role of Magnesium; (Hypertension. 1999;34:1002-1006.) American Heart Association

[10] See for full information on transdermal magnesium chloride mineral therapy. And go to  to find the recommended natural  product called Ancient Minerals Magnesium OIL,  with the highest concentration and lowest toxicity that the International Medical Veritas Association endorses.

[11] Long term magnesium supplementation influences favourably the natural evolution of neuropathy in Mg-depleted type 1 diabetic patients (T1dm); De Leeuw et al; Magnes Res. 2004 Jun; 17(2):109-14

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  • naturalhealing

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  • Beldeu

    In the state of Punjab (India), the staple food was cereals and until 30 years ago it was mainly wheat with little or no rice. Now it grows both basmati rice as a summer crop and wheat as a winter crop. Rice has become a part of the diet since 15 years ago which coincides with the alarming rate of T2 diabetes. in the last 7 years the amount of particulate matter coming from exhaust fumes of cars has gone up, too due to the great increase in the number of cars. Very fine particles easily enter the biological system through inhalation and the nanoparticles translocate within the body and can produce inflammations. These two factors may be the main causes apart from the increasing and widespread use of drugs and chemicals, including pesticides that have contributed to the rapid increase in the incidence of diabetes in Punjab in the last 15 years.

  • I have a little bottle of the Ancient Minerals Magnesium. Practically speaking, how would one best use it, and in what quantity?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Apply 102 oz. to your skin per day, depending on your tolerance. Cover as much as your skin as possible including your arems, legs, abdomen and back. Dilute by half if it irritates. After about 2-3 months your body should be repleted with magnesium and you can then cut down to using less.

  • Robin

    I too am curious if magnesium supplements can be given to dogs. The capsule I take could be opened and sprinkled on dog food – our dog has been diabetic for 7 months now.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      To Peggy and Robin,

      Magnesium can be given to dogs, but probably in different doses. Not sure if you can just break a capsule and add it to water. If you were using magnesium oil you could just spray a few sprays into thier water. Best to check with a veterinarian about doses to give, though.

  • Colleen Brown

    On the rice report– if diabetes is more likely then tell me why Latinos and
    Asians aren’t experiencing it in such great numbers?????

  • Very interesting article. Thanks.

    Hopefully these new scientific data will help us better understand the role of carbohydrates in the development of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It will certainly help us realize that it is not all about cholesterol and fats.
    You can read my blog “Rice” and shine at

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  • tim

    WR is starch, ie two glucose molecules stuck together, so it seems fairly obvious that an increased intake will be associated with T2D. Mg-supplementation will clearly help out here, as Dr Sircus has said, but another thing that is often overlooked is that the only way glucose can access the cell and be used for energy creation is if the cell wall has plenty of cholesterol in it. This is called a “lipid raft”. With the advice being screamed from every rooftop that fat, eggs, etc, are bad for you, many people opt for a low-fat low-cholesterol diet. Carbohydrate intake tends to go up concurrently. Hence T2D appears, as the CHO cannot now access the cell, because of a dietary cholesterol insufficiency, irrespective of increasing insulin levels.The glucose goes around the circulation creating havoc by forming cross-linked and glycated proteins and finally being deposited as unwanted body fat. HFCS is even worse than WR in this respect: it is found ubiquitously in processed foods and Coke, etc; 30% of every teaspoon of HFCS in these products gets deposited as fat, giving rise inter alia to the epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease we are presently experiencing, whilst simultaneously increasing the fraction of LDL which is implicated in atherosclerotic lesions .

    • peggy

      good article – good comment. thanks all round.

      my dog was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, and stage 4 heart murmur. we cured the cancer that came of all this easily and naturally. but diabetes seems to be an other than linear ailment.

      i have no doubt that the pancreatitis was caused by vaccines containing active viruses and heavy metals. the other ailments were caused by the pancreatitis. i had neither my dogs nor my children vaccinated. this dog came to me when he was already 4 years old, so…

      i do not give him white rice. he has an exceptional diet. raw organic meat & veggies, organic eggs, etc. my (former) vets do not believe most ailments can be cured. we are on our own.

      we do have magnesium oil. i am also open to other suggestions. this has been an uphill battle to say the least, even with all the supplements he is getting. i would love some help on this wherever i can get it. he is an amazing friend and deserves, as they all do, health and happiness.

      since the article was about diabetes, i thought i would just throw my story out there.

      thanks and kind regards,
      peggy and skyler

      • Claudia – IMVA Staff

        To Peggy and Robin,

        Magnesium can be given to dogs, but probably in different doses. Not sure if you can just break a capsule and add it to water. If you were using magnesium oil you could just spray a few sprays into thier water. Best to check with a veterinarian about doses to give, though.
        Claudia – IMVA Staff