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  • potassium
  • When I was hospitalized for insulin purging (I have diabulimia) , it turns out that high blood sugars for a long time (sometimes for a week or more) leads us to urinate most of the magnesium (and sometimes potassium) away, and that causes the cramping. (medhelp.org)
  • Low potassium blood levels can occasionally cause cramps although it is more common for potassium to be associated with muscle weakness. (avogel.co.uk)
  • Usually, the cramps are related to loss of fluids and minerals (potassium, magnesium and calcium) by constant vomiting or diarrhea, or heavy sweating during exercise. (hubpages.com)
  • If you have leg cramps and are taking a diuretic, consult your doctor to find a way to restore the levels of sodium and potassium. (hubpages.com)
  • The likelihood of developing cramps may be reduced if foods containing vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin E, niacin, magnesium and potassium is added in the diet. (hubpages.com)
  • nerves
  • however, at other times muscle cramps may indicate a more serious underlying problem such as liver cirrhosis, atherosclerosis, ALS, thyroid disorders, or a problem or issue with the spine or spinal nerves. (rxlist.com)
  • Most experts agree that true cramps are caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. (avogel.co.uk)
  • magnesium
  • Low blood calcium and magnesium increase the activity of muscle tissue. (avogel.co.uk)
  • Check out our blog eat away your muscle pain with magnesium for information on foods rich in magnesium as well as some tasty recipes to try! (avogel.co.uk)
  • electrolyte
  • They may interfere with electrolyte levels, contribute to the breakdown of muscle tissue, or interfere with blood flow. (rxlist.com)
  • Assuming you are talking about activity related cramps, I would say that the two most likely causes are electrolyte (salts) imbalance and poor hydration . (healthtap.com)
  • It disturbs the electrolyte ratio of Na K and H in and outside of muscles leading to increased reaction to stimuli making muscles contract. (healthtap.com)
  • fluids
  • I say several cases in the first football game of the season in the fourth quarter usually if you are not in optimal shape or you haven't taken enough fluids the muscles will cramp. (healthtap.com)
  • tendon
  • Tendon shortening - tendons connect muscle to bone and naturally shorten over time as we get older. (avogel.co.uk)