Magnesium Deficiency Linked To Heart Problems In CKD Patients

New research from Third Military Medical Univeristy in China is showing a magnesium deficiency may increase the chances of cardiovascular issues and other forms of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The kidneys are a critical part of the human body. Serving as filters for the blood where toxins and waste are removed and then expelled from the body through urine.

Those who suffer from (CKD) have suffered damage to their kidneys and they are no longer able to process this blood. If they can, it is at greatly reduced levels and not enough for a healthy life. If the kidneys are not able to process blood, the toxins and wastes build up in the blood. Damage to organs follows and eventually death.

Researchers conducted 20 studies using 200,934 patients from Asia, Europe, or the United States. Results showed a 32% greater risk of death in patients with hypomagnesemia, very low levels in patients afflicted with CKD. These results were compared to patients who had normal or elevated risks.

Patients who were on dialysis had a 29% greater risk. In contrast, patients with hypermagnesemia, high amounts of magnesium in their blood had a 14% lower risk of mortality and a 29% lower risk of mortality by cardiovascular illness. Scientists believe the risks due to low magnesium may be due to increased inflammation the condition causes.

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