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Who is more likely to have magnesium deficiencies?

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Severe magnesium deficiencies are rare. They're more likely in people who:

Health care providers sometimes suggest that people with these conditions take magnesium supplements.

  • Have kidney disease
  • Have Crohn's disease or other conditions that affect digestion
  • Have parathyroid problems
  • Take antibiotics or drugs for diabetes and cancer
  • Are older adults
  • Abuse alcohol

From: Magnesium WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Magnesium."

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

UpToDate: "Causes of hypomagnesemia."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 7, 2017

SOURCES: Longe, J., ed. , second edition, 2004. Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Magnesium."

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

UpToDate: "Causes of hypomagnesemia."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 7, 2017

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