Men’s health & magnesium

Magnesium might be helpful in the treatment and/or prevention of some lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including that most feared enemy high blood pressure.
A small study done in Sweden suggested magnesium supplementation may have a positive effect on blood pressure. The study, involving 20 patients already having treatment for arterial hypertension or congestive heart failure found both diastolic and systolic pressures were reduced after magnesium supplementation for six months.
Another similar study, published in 1989 and involving 47 patients with cardiovascular problems found magnesium treatment had a significant effect on cholesterol levels.
Results from a much larger research project, involving more than 15,000 participants from four US communities, indicated there may be a link between low levels of magnesium and the incidence of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis.
It was found that, generally, magnesium levels were lower in those with some form of heart disease and high blood pressure compared to healthy subjects. They also found serum levels of magnesium were lower in those with type 2 diabetes, although participants with type 2 diabetes often had the highest dietary intake of magnesium. The study also found that higher magnesium levels led to lower fasting insulin levels which could be a potential protective factor against type 2 diabetes (iii).
A recent World Health Organization report into the public health significance of calcium and magnesium in water supplies recognised that sub-clinical magnesium deficiencies could increase calcium imbalance, worsen blood vessel calcification, and potentially lead to type 2 diabetes.

Prostate and sexual health

Magnesium may also have a protective effect against prostate cancer. A Taiwanese study concluded that magnesium intake from drinking water and other dietary sources may offer a significant protective effect against the risk of prostate cancer development.
Another study found high calcium: magnesium ratios were associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Therefore, it is important to ensure any supplementation with calcium takes into consideration the fact that too much calcium in the body depletes magnesium reserves.

Men lack magnesium

What all men need to know about magnesium deficiency

Magnesium is a mineral needed by every organ in the body your heart, muscles and kidneys especially and adults normally have approximately 25g of magnesium in their body, 50% stored in the bones and most of the rest in soft tissues and under 1% is in your blood.
Magnesium contributes to energy production, helps to regulate calcium,copper, zinc, potassium and Vitamin D levels.

If like many men you have an apparent allergy to eating fruit and vegetables and an addiction to processed or ready made foods then you may be more at risk of deficiency than those eating the ‘healthy diet’. Men tend to consume more alcohol and fizzy drinks and this may also play a part.
Men who suffer from hyperthyroidism,diabetes and hyperthyroidism and some gastrointestinal conditions, could also be at an increased risk of magnesium deficiency.
Depression and anxiety can also increase the body’s requirements for magnesium to help deal with the stress.

Men’s lifestyle and magnesium levels

Dietary and lifestyle habits which increase the need for magnesium include:

  • Consuming more than seven alcohol drinks per week. Alcohol lowers the amount of magnesium available to cells by increasing the amount of magnesium excretion through the kidneys.
  • Regularly drinking fizzy drinks. Dark coloured fizzy drinks contain phosphates which bind with magnesium and make it unavailable to the body.
  • Eating a lot of sugary foods such as cakes, pastries and other sweet foods high in refined sugar.
  • Drinking tea and coffee on a daily basis. Caffeine causes the kidneys to release extra magnesium regardless of magnesium status. Caffeine is also a diuretic which means it makes you need to pass urine more frequently.
  • If you have a lot of stress in your life, have recently been ill or had major surgery, your need for magnesium will be increased to help your body deal with the physiological and psychological stress.

Signs of magnesium deficiency

Symptoms of low magnesium levels may include: agitation and anxiety, muscle cramps, spasms and weakness, abnormal heart rhythms, sleep disorders or insomnia, restless leg syndrome, irritability and low blood pressure.

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