Title

The effects of a high magnesium diet in the alcoholic during rehabilitation

Publication Date

1976

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Parham, Ellen S.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Home Economics

LCSH

Diet in disease||Alcoholics--Rehabilitation

Abstract

A study of alcoholics was done to determine the effects of a high magnesium diet in the alcoholic during rehabilitation. A questionnaire was designed to explore the nutrient intake and amount of alcohol consumption. The two sites of alcoholic rehabilitation, representative with regard to sex-make-up, racial and ethnic composition, social class of centers, and location in the city were used. A total of 50 subjects (30 males and 20 females) took part in the study initially. However, due to lack of interest in rehabilitation or for other reasons, only 30 subjects remained in the study. Nutritional assessments were totaled for each subject to obtain the carbohydrate, fat, protein, caloric intake and more specifically the magnesium content of the diet Scores for magnesium were computed and categorized in the following groupings; high and low magnesium. In the cases observed and analyzed whenever the dietary magnesium was low, the serum magnesium levels were also low. When the dietary and serum magnesium were taken in the beginning of the study a greater portion of the participants had low serum and dietary magnesium levels. As the study progressed and the dietary magnesium intake was increased so did the serum magnesium levels. Instruction in a high magnesium diet was associated with a significantly higher frequency of high dietary magnesium, but had no significant effect on serum magnesium. The findings indicate that provision of high quality food plus appropriate dietary instruction can effectively increase intake of magnesium. However, these factors can not account for all the variations in serum magnesium.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [48]-51)

Extent

54 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

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