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Magnesium and Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease


In a study involving 7664 adult participants free of known cardiovascular disease, who were followed up with for a median of 10.5 years, during which time 462 fatal and nonfatal IHD events occurred, low urinary magnesium excretion was found to be associated with an increased risk of ischemic heart disease (multivariable HR=1.60 for the lowest sex-specific quintile as compared to the upper 4 quintiles or urinary magnesium excretion), and mortality related to IHD was also increased (HR=1.70 for the lowest versus higher quintiles). The authors state, "An increased dietary intake of magnesium, particularly in those with the lowest urinary magnesium, could reduce the risk of IHD."

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