Disorders of magnesium metabolism

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 1995 Sep;24(3):623-41.


Magnesium depletion is more common than previously thought. It seems to be especially prevalent in patients with diabetes mellitus. It is usually caused by losses from the kidney or gastrointestinal tract. A patient with magnesium depletion may present with neuromuscular symptoms, hypokalemia, hypocalcemia, or cardiovascular complication. Physicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for magnesium depletion in patients at high risk and should implement therapy early.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone and Bones / metabolism
  • Bone and Bones / physiology
  • Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
  • Cardiovascular System / metabolism
  • Homeostasis / physiology
  • Humans
  • Magnesium / metabolism*
  • Magnesium / physiology
  • Magnesium Deficiency* / complications
  • Magnesium Deficiency* / epidemiology
  • Magnesium Deficiency* / etiology
  • Magnesium Deficiency* / physiopathology


  • Magnesium