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Increasing dietary intake of magnesium could help to reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and all-cause mortality, according to results of a new meta-analysis.

Dr Fudi Wang (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China) and colleagues examined 40 prospective cohort studies involving more than one million participants from 1999 through May 31, 2015, from nine countries. The 40 articles comprised 70 studies with follow-up ranging from 4 to 30 years.

The results were published online December 7, 2016 in BMC Medicine.