While magnesium is an electrolyte, it is also an essential mineral, required for energy production, the structure of bones and teeth, and the proper functioning of muscles and nerves. It is involved in the cascades that create proper clotting, brain function, DNA and RNA replication in cell division, and cell division is everything, every function in your body!!
In aging adults magnesium deficiency may increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures (1). This is because older adults have lowered magnesium intakes as compared to younger adults, (2) AND the gut absorption decreases while kidney excretion increases. Additionally, older adults are more prone to take medications that affect magnesium levels. (2)
One"s risk of magnesium deficiency also increases with MEDICATIONS such as: proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Prevacid, Nexium), diuretics (hydrochlorothiazide, Aquazide, Microzide)and bisphosphonates (Fosomax, Zometa, Bonefos).
Deficiency also increases Type II Diabetes and pregnancy & nursing.
Signs of deficiency include: headaches, fatigue, weakness, muscle cramps, irregular heartbeat, hypertension, nausea & vomiting, loss of appetite, as well as mental problems. Studies have shown oral magnesium therapy to benefit preventing migraine headaches before they start. (4)
Magnesium deficiency: While magnesium is an electrolyte, it's also an essential mineral, required for energy production, the structure of bones and teeth...Quoted From: https://drkatewiggin.com/health-and-wellness/the-story-of-magnesium-deficiency
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