Serum Magnesium Levels in Type II Diabetes Mellitus and Its Association with the Microvascular Complications

  • Anju Kochar Principal Specialist (General Medicine), M.G. Hospital, Bhilwara, Rajasthan, India
  • Radheshyam Shrotriya Principal Specialist (Pediatrics), Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Bhilwara, Rajasthan, India.
Keywords: : Hypomagnesemia, Diabetic nephropathy, Diabetic neuropathy, Diabetic retinopathy, Microvascular complications, Type 2 diabetes mellitus


Background: Hypomagnesemia has been associated with type 2 diabetic mellitus and is known to be a risk factor for microvascular complications. This study aimed to evaluate serum magnesium levels in patients with type 2 DM and correlate them with microvascular complications.

Materials & Methods: A hospital based cross-sectional study was conducted on150 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were admitted in the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Bhilwara, Rajasthan, India. Serum magnesium levels were assessed in all the diabetic patients and they were also tested for presence of microvascular complications.

Results: In the present study majority of the patients (71.33%) were males and male to female ratio was 2.48:1. The commonest age group was > 60 years (50%) and the mean age was 60.38 ± 10.81 years. The duration of diabetes in 45.33% of the patients was between 6 to 10 years and mean duration was 7.43 ± 4.11 years. Hypomagnesemia was associated with microvascular complications including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic nephropathy and diabetic neuropathy (p<0.050). Also, association was found between serum magnesium levels glycaemic control and duration of diabetes (p<0.050).

Conclusion: Hypomagnesemia is widely prevalent in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and a major risk factor for the development microvascular complications that is, diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy.


Key words: Hypomagnesemia, Diabetic nephropathy, Diabetic neuropathy, Diabetic retinopathy, Microvascular complications, Type 2 diabetes mellitus


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Kochar A, Shrotriya R. Serum Magnesium Levels in Type II Diabetes Mellitus and Its Association with the Microvascular Complications. IABCR [Internet]. 21Mar.2018 [cited 24Jan.2019];4(1):127-9. Available from: