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A person on a fad diet experiences muscle cramps. Did low cal or diuretic cause it?

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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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The diuretic can lead to a low potassium, which is the most common cause of leg cramps.
However a low magnesium or calcium can also lead to cramps. Should get blood tests to confirm and treat. Low calorie diets should ideally be monitored. A balanced diet with multivitamins an minerals is important. Good luck.

In brief: Either

The diuretic can lead to a low potassium, which is the most common cause of leg cramps.
However a low magnesium or calcium can also lead to cramps. Should get blood tests to confirm and treat. Low calorie diets should ideally be monitored. A balanced diet with multivitamins an minerals is important. Good luck.
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