The body requires Magnesium to keep your heart, muscles, and nerves functioning correctly. Furthermore, Magnesium aids in blood sugar and blood pressure regulation.
Your bones and cells contain a large portion of the Magnesium in your body.
The usefulness of the magnesium test
A magnesium blood test aids in confining the level of Magnesium. Hypomagnesemia or magnesium deficiency refers to too low a level. Hypermagnesemia, or very high amounts of Magnesium, is less frequent than this.
Other electrolyte tests, such as those for sodium, calcium, potassium, and chloride, may occasionally include a blood test for Magnesium.
Magnesium test method
A physician will use a tiny needle to draw blood from a vein in your arm. The needle will draw a small amount of blood into a test tube. The needle may hurt somewhat when it enters or exits your body. Usually, this only needs a few minutes.
Results from magnesium test
If your tests reveal that you lack Magnesium, it may be an indication of:
- Preeclampsia (if pregnant)
- recurring diarrhea
- Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease are examples of digestive disorders.
If the test results display that you have more Magnesium than is typical, this might mean that:
- An issue with the adrenal glands is called Addison disease.
- Renal disease
- Diabetic ketoacidosis.
- usage of magnesium-containing antacids or laxatives excessively If your test results reveal a magnesium deficit, your doctor will likely advise you to take magnesium supplements to boost your mineral levels. If your tests reveal that you have too much Magnesium, your doctor may provide IV treatments (medication given directly into your veins) to help flush the extra Magnesium
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022