Magnesium Deficiency – Symptoms, Causes, & Treatment

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It’s estimated that less than 2% of Americans experience magnesium deficiency; however, many believe this is incorrect and magnesium deficiency is severely under-diagnosed. The most obvious signs of Magnesium deficiency don’t typically appear until your levels become severely low, which may be why the deficiency is diagnosed in less than 2% of Americans even though a recent study found that 75% of people are not getting the recommended daily intake of this essential mineral.

Importance of Magnesium:

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is needed for optimal metabolic function. Focusing on proper magnesium intake has shown to have a therapeutic role in numerous medical conditions including eclampsia, preeclampsia, arrhythmia, asthma, and migraine. Proper magnesium intake can also lower the risk of metabolic syndromes, improve glucose and insulin levels, relieve symptoms of dysmenorrhea, and alleviate leg cramps in pregnant women.

Overtime if left untreated low magnesium can weaken your bones, hurt your heart, and lead to low levels of other important minerals

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Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Muscle Twitches & Cramps
  • Poor Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Fatigue

Common Magnesium Deficiency Causes:

Low magnesium intake is relatively common in people who follow a typical western diet, high in processed foods and refined grain. It can also be caused by the following

  • Alcohol use
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Excessive urination
  • High blood calcium level
  • Malabsorption syndromes (celiac, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Malnutrition
  • Certain medication (amphotericin, cisplatin, cyclosporine, diuretics, proton pump inhibitors, aminoglycoside antibiotics)

Magnesium Deficiency Test:

A blood test is the most common way to find out your magnesium levels and if you are magnesium deficient. If you have common magnesium deficiency symptoms or if you have diabetes or kidney problems your doctor may suggest doing a blood test to see if your magnesium levels are abnormal.

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Magnesium Deficiency Treatment:

If your tests come back showing magnesium deficiency our naturopathic doctor will work with you to raise your magnesium levels naturally through diet and natural supplements. In the beginning you may need therapeutic levels of magnesium supplement to treat the issues caused by the deficiency. Overtime lower levels of natural supplements can be used, and many patients are able to control their magnesium levels completely through diet and lifestyle changes.

If you think you have a magnesium deficiency or are showing symptoms of low magnesium schedule an appointment with our naturopathic doctor today. Call us at 703-436-1512 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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