The Dangers of Magnesium Deficiency

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84749305_XS.jpgPeople who are active in work and play need to ensure that they get the right amount of mineral supplements so that they can function better. By neglecting to do this, they will place themselves at risk of encountering health issues in the future.One such mineral that is very helpful in dealing with and preventing certain conditions is magnesium.

Many people are in fact magnesium deficient and they do tend to have medical problems that other people do not have

Research has revealed that there are many conditions that are related to magnesium deficiency. Researchers and scientists are of the firm belief that heart conditions can be minimized if people ingest sufficient amounts of magnesium on a regular basis.


Conditions such as coronary thrombosis, angina and irregular heart rate are just some of the cardiac conditions that people with magnesium deficiency suffer from


One of the main functions of magnesiumis to relax muscles and this is important for the heart as magnesium promotes regular contractions of the heart. Patients who suffer from these kind of cardiac diseases will be found to have strain on their hearts. It is for this reason that doctors promote magnesium to their patients.

Two other less severe, nevertheless important consequences of magnesium deficiency are lack of energy and fatigue. These two conditions can be problematic for a number of reasons. Energy is vital for people who are active and need to have their wits about them at all times. Magnesiumis a vital mineral in the creation of energy within the body. By giving the cells magnesium, the body is able to function at higher levels.

Research has revealed that many people who suffer from lack of energy are in fact magnesium deficient. While a quick dose of caffeine might seem to do the trick, it is a short lived spurt of energy and caffeine comes with its ow set of problems. It is important to know that certain conditions such as diarrhea and vomiting can cause people to have a temporary magnesium deficiency. Other conditions such as ulcerative colitis, pancreatitis, hyperthyroidism, diabetes and renal disease can cause the body to be deficient in magnesium.

Excessive perspiration, undue and prolonged stress and heavy menstrual periods can also cause this to happen. Excessive salt and alcohol intake can rob the body of magnesium as well. Anxiety, agitation and restless leg syndrome are other inconvenient side effects of too little magnesium in the body. Some people become confused, develop muscle spasms, insomnia, seizures and hypotension as a result of not taking in enough magnesium.

It is therefore rather clear that the consequences of not taking this mineral in the right dosages can be quite severe. As magnesium is involved in many enzymatic reactions in the body, it is important that people take enough of the mineral. A clinical study of about 2000 people revealed that certain people were able to avoid contracting type 2 diabetes. It was revealed that in certain cases, insulin and blood sugar levels were better controlled in patients who were taking enough magnesium.

Some patients in hospital have been given magnesium intravenously in order to minimize the possibility of cardiac arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation. Patients who have congestive cardiac failure can often develop arrhythmia of the heart. A study was conducted on two groups patients with congestive cardiac failure. One group was given magnesium and the other group was given a placebo. The former group showed an increase in mortality rates over the latter group. Patients should be aware that magnesiumand calcium work hand in hand to promote good cardiac health. The ratios are very important and patients should discuss this with their health care giver.

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This article was published on 2011/05/23