Hypomagnesaemia

  • What is Hypomagnesaemia?

    Hypomagnesaemia is a condition that develops when the amount of magnesium in your body is abnormally low.

  • What is Hypomagnesaemia?

    Hypomagnesaemia is a condition that develops when the amount of magnesium in your body is abnormally low.

  • What are the causes Hypomagnesaemia?

    Your body regulates magnesium levels by shifting magnesium into and out of cells.

    Causes of hypomagnesaemia can include:

        Taking too little magnesium in your diet
        If you had stomach or bowl problems, you may not be able to absorb the magnesium you take in
        Magnesium may not be absorbed properly due to alcohol use, diarrhoea or laxative use.
        Increased excretion of magnesium from your body
        Renal (kidney) damage – losses of magnesium from the kidneys are a common cause of magnesium deficiency.
        Certain drugs, including Cisplation, Amphotericin B, or certain antibiotics may affect your kidneys.
        Endocrine disorders such as Aldosteronism, or dysfunction with the thyroid and parathyroid glands or diabetes.
        Pregnancy

  • What are the signs and symptoms of Hypomagnesaemia?

    Most patients with hypomagnesaemia do not present with symptoms and symptoms are not usually seen until serum magnesium concentration falls below 0.5 mmol/litre.

    You may have no signs or symptoms at first. As your condition becomes more serious, you may develop any of the following:

        Muscle weakness
        Muscle tightness, tremors, or twitches
        Irritability or insomnia
        Numbness and tingling
        Sever drowsiness, fatigue, and confusion
        Increased or irregular heart rate
        Seizure

  • How is Hypomagnesaemia diagnosed?

    Hypomagnesaemia is usual indicated by taking a blood test which may show that your magnesium levels are significantly decreased. Your Healthcare Professional will most likely test for hypomagnesaemia by carried out a blood test and a 24 hour urine test.

        Blood test will show the level of magnesium in your blood
        A 24 hours urine test will show the amount of magnesium leaving your body through your urine. You will need to collect all of your urine for 24 hours. You will urinate into a container and the urine will be put into a jug. The jug will need to be kept cold. At the end of 24 hours, the urine will be sent to a lab for test