A common example of depletion is magnesium. It relates to the fact that over 20 million people in the U.S. use PPIs to relieve heartburn and acid reflux. You know – Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid, etc. A magnesium deficiency can occur after just three months of use. The FDA warns: “In approximately one-quarter of the cases reviewed, magnesium supplementation alone did not improve low serum magnesium levels and the PPI had to be discontinued.”
All this matters to me because low serum magnesium levels can result in muscle spasm, unhealthy bones (increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine), irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias), convulsions (seizures), and cognitive decline. Magnesium is also essential for keeping your blood sugar in check.
There is a pretty clear link between high magnesium levels and significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.