Anxiety and stress among science students. Study of calcium and magnesium alterations

Magnes Res. 2006 Jun;19(2):102-6.


Stress and anxiety of university science students (Chemistry) was evaluated in basal conditions and during exams using validated stress and anxiety questionnaires. The relations between the data obtained and various biochemical markers were established. Results showed that the evaluated students did not experience stress increase as a consequence of exams but suffered a significant increase in anxiety. The psychological findings agree with the urinary biomarkers studied. It is known that anxiety is related to partial magnesium reduction associated with a urinary magnesium excretion increase, as observed in the present data. Nevertheless, stress also correlates with a urinary calcium increase which was not detected in the present study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety / metabolism
  • Anxiety / psychology*
  • Anxiety / urine
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Calcium / urine*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnesium / metabolism
  • Magnesium / urine*
  • Male
  • Phosphorus / metabolism
  • Phosphorus / urine
  • Science
  • Stress, Psychological / metabolism
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / urine
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium