Dr. Ron’s Research Review – September 7, 2016

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This week’s research review focuses on magnesium for anorexia.

A pair of studies published in the journal Psychosomatics described magnesium and anorexia. Serum magnesium assays coupled with 24-hour urinary excretion patterns and magnesium loading tests established the diagnosis. (Hall et al., 1988) (Hall et al., 1989)

175 patients admitted to the Eating Disorder Unit of Florida were evaluated. 100 eating-disorder patients with normal magnesium were used as controls.
The study demonstrated an incidence of hypomagnesia of 25% (42 of 175).
Eight symptoms statistically defined the hypomagnesia group: muscular weakness, cramping of the extremities, restlessness, parasthesias, cardiac arrythmias, hypertension and diminished recent memory.

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Hypomagnesemia in patients with eating disorders
            (Hall et al., 1988) Download
175 patients admitted to the Eating Disorder Unit of Florida were evaluated. 100 eating-disorder patients with normal magnesium were used as controls. The study demonstrated an incidence of hypomagnesia of 25% (42 of 175). Eight symptoms statistically defined the hypomagnesia group: muscular weakness, cramping of the extremities, restlessness, parasthesias, cardiac arrythmias, hypertension and diminished recent memory.

Hypomagnesemia in eating disorder patients: clinical signs and symptoms
            (Hall et al., 1989) Download
Serum magnesium assays coupled with 24 hour urinary excretion patterns and magnesium loading tests establish the diagnosis.

 

References

Hall, R. C., et al. (1988), ‘Hypomagnesemia in patients with eating disorders’, Psychosomatics, 29 (3), 264-72. PubMed: 3406341
Hall, R. C., T. P. Beresford, and A. K. Hall (1989), ‘Hypomagnesemia in eating disorder patients: clinical signs and symptoms’, Psychiatr Med, 7 (4), 193-203. PubMed: 2690190