Magnesium, Calcium Levels Possibly Linked to Inflammation and Metabolic Disorders in Fibromyalgia

Magnesium, Calcium Levels Possibly Linked to Inflammation and Metabolic Disorders in Fibromyalgia
Low levels of magnesium in the blood are associated with greater levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, while calcium levels appear to be correlated with values of triglycerides, a type of fat, in women with fibromyalgia, a study has found. The study, “Relations between serum magnesium and calcium levels and body composition and metabolic parameters in women with fibromyalgia,” was published in the journal Advances in Rheumatology. Magnesium and calcium may play a role in the risk of metabolic disorders and inflammation, but larger and deeper studies are needed to clarify their effects on the wellness of people with fibromyalgia. In addition to chronic pain, patients with fibromyalgia usually have a higher body mass index (BMI) and are less physically active, compared to the general population. This makes patients more prone to develop metabolic syndrome — a condition in which a combination of increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol and triglycerides (fat) levels, increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Patients with chronic pain usually do not follow the recommended dietary intake of nutrients. But a deficiency or imbalance in nutrients, such as minerals (e.g., magnesium, calcium) and vitamins, might play a critical role in the development of fibromyalgia by disrupting the natural mechanisms in the body that inhibit pain, along with triggering fatigue, and other symptoms. Low magnesium levels have been associated with migraines and fibromyalgia, as well as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. The effects of magnesium are closely related to those of calcium. Often, the activity of each of them in the body is interdependent, including
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