People with a fibromyalgia syndrome have a magnesium deficiency.  It has been found that a magnesium deficiency causes insulin resistance, also referred to as Metabolic Syndrome, which in turn puts the person at risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Metabolic Syndrome:

Metabolic Syndrome is a group of health risks that significantly increase your chance of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. 


Metabolic Syndrome is diagnosed when three of the following symptoms is is present:

abdominal fat: waist circumference >40" for men and >35" for women

elevated fasting triglycerides: >150 mg/dl

low HDL: <40 mg/dl for men and <50 mg/dl for women

High blood pressure (>130/85 mmHg) or taking antihypertensive medication

diagnosis of insulin resistance or diabetes (fasting glucose > 100 mg/dl)

Nutrient Deficiencies

The presence of Metabolic Syndrome may lead to various nutrient deficiencies:

Vitamin E: needed to reduce insulin resistance, reduce risk of diabetic complications, moderate inflammatory response, and reduce oxidative stress.

Vitamin D:  needed to reduce insulin resistance

Vitamin B1: needed for glucose metabolism

Vitamin B3: needed to lower cholesterol, lower blood triglycerides, increase HDL and inhibit oxidation of LDL.

Vitamin B6: needed for glucose tolerance and reduce blood pressure

Co-Enzyme Q10: needed to reduce blood pressure, protect arteries from oxidation of LDL, and decrease atherosclerotic plaque.

Alpha Lipoic Acid:  needed to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, reduce blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease, and aid weight loss.

Calcium:  needed to decrease the risk of obesity and reduce blood pressure

Chromium:  needed for glucose tolerance

Magnesium:  needed  for hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body and to reduce blood pressure and reduce risk of diabetes

Selenium:  needed to reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce fasting  blood glucose levels, and protect against hypertension

Antioxidants: needed to reduce the risk of heart disease

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Fibromyalgia doctor Irene C. Metro, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine, Board Certified American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine, is the medical director of the Plymouth Integrative Medicine Center in Livonia, Michigan. This medical clinic has internal medicine, integrative medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, lifestyle coaching, nutritional counseling, and psychotherapy, and specializes in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trigger point therapy, vitamin therapy, and pain relief. This medical clinic is located across from St. Mary Mercy Hospital and is easily accessible from Plymouth, Livonia, Canton, Northville, Redford, Westland, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Dearborn Heights, and other locations in Oakland County and Wayne County Michigan. Call 734-432-1900 to make an appointment with the fibromyalgia doctor MI today!