Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Magnesium deficiency, or medically known as hypomagnesemia is an often neglected mineral deficiency that can cause troublesome signs and symptoms. A majority of people are deficient in this potent mineral and don’t take their recommended daily intake of magnesium. However, its signs and symptoms commonly don’t develop until the blood levels become very low.
The causes of hypomagnesemia may vary from person to person and can include inadequate intake in the diet to loss of excess magnesium from the body. Health problems linked to magnesium deficiency either due to inadequate intake or excess loss include chronic diarrhea, celiac disease, diabetes, hungry bone syndrome, and poor absorption of the nutrients.
Following are 20 common signs and symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
Muscular signs such as twitches, cramps, and tremors are common in magnesium deficiency. Severe hypomagnesemia may also cause seizures or convulsions.
Magnesium cause a high flow of calcium into the nerve cells that can hyperstimulate the muscle nerves. The firing of the nerve signals then causes continuous relaxation and contraction of muscle groups that lead to involuntary twitching and tremors. There can be other causes of these muscular symptoms such as too much caffeine ingestion, stress, the side effect of some over the counter medications, or due to an underlying neurological disease. Therefore, you should consult your doctor to rule out the underlying cause.
If these are secondary to magnesium deficiency, studies have proved that taking magnesium supplements may relieve muscle cramps and twitches in deficient persons.