I started a thread yesterday about possible causes for AF to try and determine if I could identify with any suggestions. The general consensus appears to be that there are many causes and it may well turn out that one may never know exactly why one contracts the condition.
However, one of the suggestions that peaked my interest was the possible link between AF and magnesium deficiency. I'm not sure whether there is any solid reliable research on this subject but it did get me wondering about my own circumstances.
In January of this year I embarked on a fairly strict calorie controlled diet which I have stuck to religiously for the past six months and as a result have lost just over 5 stones.
Now whilst I was diligent about the amount of calories I was consuming, I have to hold my hands up and admit that I was much less diligent about monitoring the nutritional side of the diet and it is now making me wonder whether I may indeed have a magnesium deficiency as a result. I have also been very neglectful regarding my fluid intake during the diet, most days only drinking a couple of cups of tea in total for the day.
I had no symptoms of AF prior to starting the diet and was generally fit and healthy except for the extra weight I was carrying. I didn't experience any symptoms of AF during the early days of the diet but there are now a few things that in the past few weeks that make me wonder if I was showing some early signs of AF but didn't recognise them as a problem.
I'm not trying to self diagnose here and I know I now need to follow whatever path I need to follow medically to get this under control, but would be interested in anyone's thoughts on the possibility that my circumstances could indicate magnesium deficiency and ergo a possible link to my AF.