Magnesium deficiency in the elderly cannot be ignored given the frequent occurrence of conditions such as lower intake of magnesium, diabetes mellitus and use of multiple drugs associated with magnesium wasting. The clinical presentation of hypomagnesemia is nonspecific and requires an adequate clinical assessment in conjunction with the measurement of serum magnesium and in some cases physiological assessments of renal excretion of the cation. The treatment of hypomagnesemia in the elderly is not different from other adults but should take into consideration the known age-related decline in renal function. Our patient was counseled regarding diet, alcohol and control of diabetes. His magnesium balance was corrected by decreasing the dose of diuretic and by receiving adequate magnesium supplementation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology