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Diet and Drug Induced Magnesium Deficiency

There are various reasons why a person may be magnesium deficient. Generally, up to 80% of Americans don’t consume the daily RDA of magnesium due to decreased amounts of magnesium in food and most people are unaware that they need to supplement it. However, there are other causes for lacking this essential mineral, outside of inadequate dietary intake.

Adults could be magnesium deficient if they have certain physiological conditions such as:

  • Stress
  • Chronic alcohol intake or abuse
  • Long Term Inadequate dietary intake 
  • Poor electrolyte balance
  • Sweating from vigorous sports or workout activities

Patients taking certain medications are at risk if they are taking medications such as:

  • Diuretics (water pills such as Thiazides and Lasix)
  • Chemotherapy Drugs
  • Anti-Rejection Drugs
  • Cyclosporine
  • Digoxin
  • Nexium and other acid reflux drugs

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
There are numerous symptoms of magnesium deficiency, and they are some of the most common symptoms experienced in everyday life. We experience them quite often, but what we aren’t often told is that these are indicators that our body might be low on magnesium.

Early symptoms of low magnesium levels include:

  • Muscle Tension in Legs
  • Fatigue
  • Low Energy
  • Restless Sleep
  • Cramps
  • Tingling or Numbness in extremities. 
  • Poor Carbohydrate Metabolism

These symptoms may be indicative of other serious conditions—please consult your doctor to determine the underlying cause of these symptoms.

PREVENTION
The key to taking care of magnesium deficiency is to employ a prevention plan. Daily use of 1 or 2 Mag-Tab®SR caplets twice daily is the key to keeping your body’s magnesium stores replete, especially if you have a chronic medical condition. Daily use of one or two Mag-Tab®SR caplets taken twice daily provides 42-84% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium. This is key to keeping your body’s magnesium stores replete.

For educational purposes only: This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Magnesium deficiency and its symptoms can be a serious health condition. It is advised that you consult with your physician or health care provider regarding magnesium supplementation.

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