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Serum Magnesium Is Inversely Associated With Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, and Microvascular Complications in Type 2 Diabetes

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posted on 2021-06-18, 22:14 authored by Lynette J. Oost, Amber A.W.A. van der Heijden, Emma A. Vermeulen, Caro Bos, Petra J.M. Elders, Roderick C. Slieker, Steef Kurstjens, Miranda van Berkel, Joost G.J. Hoenderop, Cees J. Tack, Joline W.J. Beulens, Jeroen H.F. de Baaij


We investigated whether serum magnesium (Mg2+) was prospectively associated with macro- or microvascular complications and mediated by glycemic control (Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)), in T2D.

Research Design and Methods

We analyzed in 4,348 participants the association of serum Mg2+ with macrovascular disease and mortality (acute myocardial infarction (AMI), coronary heart disease (CHD), heart failure (HF), cerebrovascular accident (CVA), peripheral arterial disease (PAD)), atrial fibrillation (AF) and microvascular complications (chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetic retinopathy and diabetic foot) using Cox regression, adjusted for confounders. Mediation analysis was performed to assess whether HbA1c mediated these associations.


The average baseline serum Mg2+ concentration was 0.80 ± 0.08 mmol/L. Serum Mg2+ was during 6.1 years of follow-up inversely associated with major macrovascular 0.87 (95% CI: 0.76; 1.00), HF 0.76 (95% CI: 0.62; 0.93) and AF 0.59 (95% CI: 0.49; 0.72). Serum Mg2+ was not associated with AMI, CHD, CVA and PAD. Serum Mg2+ was during 5.1 years of follow-up inversely associated with overall microvascular events 0.85 (95% CI: 0.78; 0.91), 0.89 (95% CI: 0.82; 0.96) for CKD, 0.77 (95% CI: 0.61; 0.98) for diabetic retinopathy and 0.85 (95% CI: 0.78; 0.92) for diabetic foot. HbA1c mediated the associations of serum Mg2+ with HF, overall microvascular events, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic foot.


Serum Mg2+ concentration is inversely associated with the risk to develop HF, AF and with the occurrence of CKD, diabetic retinopathy and foot complications, in T2D. Glycemic control partially mediated the association of serum Mg2+ with HF and microvascular complications.


This research was funded by grants from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO Veni 016.186.012), the Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation (2017-81-014), and the NIGRAM2+ consortium. The NIGRAM2+ collaboration project is co-funded by the PPP Allowance made available by Health~Holland, Top Sector Life Sciences & Health, to stimulate public-private partnerships (LSHM17034) and the Dutch Kidney Foundation (16TKI02). J.W.J. Beulens is supported by a ZonMW NWO-Vidi grant (91 71 8304).


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