Magnesium Advocacy Group Recommended

The Magnesium Advocacy Group recommended lab tests are individual tests that measure the levels of a specific mineral, protein, or cell, among other things. Are you wondering what lab tests the Magnesium Advocacy Group recommends? This quick yet handy guide breaks things down for you, and we can help you get tested.


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The ionized calcium is determined by an ion selective electrode methodology. The result that is generated is pH adjusted. The result is empirically based on a measured pH and ionized calcium concentration normalized to a pH of 7.40. This calculation compensates for in vitro changes in pH due to loss of CO2 through specimen handling. Ionized calcium represents the true "bioavailable" calcium in the circulation. In situations where the total calcium is normal but does not fit the clinical picture, e.g., hyperparathyroidism, a determination of the ionized calcium will, many times, show an elevation in the "bioavailable" calcium component. This may be due to alterations in protein concentrations, especially albumin, that binds most of the calcium in the circulation.


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Decreased levels of ceruloplasmin are found in Wilson''s Disease, fulminant liver failure, intestinal malabsorption, renal failure resulting in proteinuria, chronic active hepatitis and malnutrition. Elevated levels are found in primary biliary cirrhosis, pregnancy (first trimester), oral contraceptive use and in acute inflammatory conditions since ceruloplasmin is an acute phase reactant

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)


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Copper is an essential element that is a cofactor of many enzymes. Copper metabolism is disturbed in Wilson's disease, Menkes disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, and Indian childhood cirrhosis. Copper concentrations increase in acute phase reactions and during the third trimester of pregnancy. Copper concentrations are decreased with nephrosis, malabsorption, and malnutrition. Copper concentrations are also useful to monitor patients, especially preterm newborns, on nutritional supplementation. Results of copper are often interpreted together with ceruloplasmin.

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Useful in the diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias. Decreased in iron deficiency anemia and increased in iron overload.


Morley Robbins Magnesium Advocacy Group's Full Monty Panel contains the following tests:

  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Copper
  • Ferritin
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb)
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Magnesium, RBC
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS
  • Transferrin
  • Vitamin A (Retinol)
  • Zinc

Patients who were advised to take this test by Morley Robbins and the Magnesium Advocacy Group should notify the lab attendant that the preferred specimen for their Ceruloplasmin and Copper tests is SERUM. The preferred specimen for the Zinc test is PLASMA. Please be aware that it is at the lab’s discretion to decide which specimen type is most appropriate.

Customers should refrain from taking vitamins, or mineral herbal supplements for at least one week before sample collection for Magnesium RBC.


Usual method for determining anemia. Used to calculate indices.

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician''s ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferri

Morley Robbins Magnesium Advocacy Group's 

MAG - Iron Panel, Transferrin and Hemoglobin

  • Ferritin
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb) included in the CBC (includes Differential and Platelets)
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Transferrin

 

 

Morley Robbins Magnesium Advocacy Group's 

MAG - Magnesium RBC, Zinc, and Copper  Panel contains the following tests.

  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Copper
  • Magnesium, RBC
  • Zinc

Patients who were advised to take this test by Morley Robbins and the Magnesium Advocacy Group should notify the lab attendant that the preferred specimen for their Ceruloplasmin and Copper tests is SERUM. The preferred specimen for the Zinc test is PLASMA. Please be aware that it is at the lab’s discretion to decide which specimen type is most appropriate.

Customers should refrain from taking vitamins, or mineral herbal supplements for at least one week before sample collection for Magnesium RBC.

 

 

Morley Robbins Magnesium Advocacy Group's 

MAG - Magnesium RBC, Zinc, Copper with Iron Panel contains the following tests.

  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Copper
  • Ferritin
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Magnesium, RBC
  • Transferrin
  • Zinc

 

 

 

Morley Robbins Magnesium Advocacy Group's 

The MAG - Vitamin A&D, Mag RBC, Zinc, Cu, Iron & Ferritin contains the following tests:

  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Copper
  • Ferritin
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb)
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Magnesium, RBC
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS
  • Transferrin
  • Vitamin A (Retinol)
  • Zinc

Patients who were advised to take this test by Morley Robbins and the Magnesium Advocacy Group should notify the lab attendant that the preferred specimen for their Ceruloplasmin and Copper tests is SERUM. The preferred specimen for the Zinc test is PLASMA. Please be aware that it is at the lab’s discretion to decide which specimen type is most appropriate.

Customers should refrain from taking vitamins, or mineral herbal supplements for at least one week before sample collection for Magnesium RBC.


Morley Robbins Magnesium Advocacy Group's 

MAG - Vitamin D (1-25, D2, D3), Mag RBC, & Calcium Panel contains the following tests.

  • Calcium, Ionized
  • Magnesium, RBC
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS
  • Vitamin D, 1,25-Dihydroxy, LC/MS/MS

 

  • Magnesium RBC (Red Blood Cell): it’s the KEY catalyst for creating “Storage” and “Active” forms of this Hormone…
  • 25(OH)D blood test: it’s the measure of the “Storage” form, the precursor to “Active” form of this Hormone…
  • 1,25(OH)2 D3 blood test: it’s the measure of the “Active” form of this Hormone…
  • “Ionized” Serum Calcium blood test (NOT a standard serum test!): given that Calcitriol’s JOB in the body is to put MORE Calcium into the bloodstream, it only makes sense to know exactly how much you have there already, right?…

 

 

 


Morley Robbins Magnesium Advocacy Group's 

MAG - Vitamin D (1-25, D2 ,D3), Potassium RBC & Calcium contains the following tests.

  • Calcium, Ionized
  • Potassium, RBC
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS
  • Vitamin D, 1,25-Dihydroxy, LC/MS/MS
     

 

 



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Transferrin is a direct measure of the iron binding capacity. Transferrin is thus useful in assessing iron balance. Iron deficiency and overload are often evaluated with complementary laboratory tests.

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Vitamin A is critical for vision, growth, and many cell functions. High concentrations of vitamin A are seen with renal failure, but this is not associated with toxicity, and excessive ingestion. High concentrations are associated with bone fractures. Low concentrations of vitamin A are consistent with fat malabsorption and rarely due to inadequate diet. Vitamin A, vitamin E, and carotene are always extracted and detected simultaneously. This is a free vitamin A (retinol

This test is used to measure the bio-active form of Vitamin D. This test is also used in the differential diagnosis of hypocalcemia and to monitor patients with renal osteodystrophy or chronic renal failure.

Measurement of serum 25-OH vitamin D concentrations provide a good index of circulating vitamin D activity in patients not suffering from renal disease. Lower than normal 25-OH vitamin D levels can result from a dietary deficiency, poor absorption of the vitamin or impaired metabolism of the sterol in the liver. A 25-OH vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone diseases such as rickets and osteomalacia. Above normal levels can lead hypercalcemia. This assay employs liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry to independently measure and report the two common forms of 25-hydroxy vitamin D: 25OH D3 - the endogenous form of the vitamin and 25OH D2 - the analog form used to treat 25OH Vitamin D3 deficiency.

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Zinc is an essential element involved in a myriad of enzyme systems including wound healing, immune function, and fetal development. Zinc measurements are used to detect and monitor industrial, dietary, and accidental exposure to zinc. Also, zinc measurements may be used to evaluate health and monitor response to treatment.



Magnesium is essential for strong bones and muscles, good heart health, and energy production.

Despite how important this mineral is, it can be easy to miss the signs of magnesium deficiency. With Magnesium Advocacy Group lab tests, you can catch symptoms and get the necessary treatment sooner.

Here's a guide on Magnesium Advocacy Group lab tests and panels, what they test for, and how they can benefit you.

What Are Magnesium Advocacy Group Lab Tests and Lab Panels?

Magnesium Advocacy Group lab tests and panels evaluate your body's magnesium levels and many other vital vitamins and minerals through blood draws.

The Magnesium Advocacy Group recommended lab tests are individual tests that measure the levels of specific vitamins and minerals. Lab panels are groupings of related tests.

Iron Panel, Transferrin, and Hemoglobin

Iron panels are typically used when a person displays symptoms of having iron deficiency or overload. They measure iron levels and related biomarkers, including:

  • Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Ferritin
  • Transferrin
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb)

The average processing time is 1-2 days. Patients should fast for at least 9 hours prior to having their blood drawn.

Magnesium RBC, Zinc, and Copper Panel

This panel tests for Magnesium RBC and other related biomarkers, including:

  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Ceruloplasmin

The average processing time for this panel is 2-4 business days.

Magnesium RBC, Zinc, Copper with Iron Panel

The tests included in this panel are: 

  • Magnesium RBC
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Ferritin
  • Transferrin
  • Hemoglobin

The average processing time for this panel is 2-5 days. Patients should fast for at least 9 hours prior to having their blood drawn.

Vit A&D, Mag RBC, Zinc, Iron & Ferritin

This panel is also referred to as the Full Monty Iron Panel with Vitamin A and D. The tests included in this panel are:

  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Copper
  • Ferritin
  • Hemoglobin
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Magnesium RBC
  • Transferrin
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc

The average processing time is 4-7 days. Patients should fast for at least 9 hours prior to having their blood drawn.

Vitamin D (1-25, D2, D3), Mag RBC & Calcium

The tests included in this panel are:

  • Magnesium RBC
  • Vitamin D, 1, 25-Dihydroxy
  • Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
  • Calcium, Ionized

The average processing time is 5-7 business days.

Vitamin D (1-25,D2,D3), Potassium RBC & Ca

The tests included in this panel are:

  • Potassium RBC
  • Magnesium RBC
  • Ionized Calcium
  • Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
  • Vitamin D, 1, 25-Dihydroxy

The average processing time for a Potassium Vitamin D Panel is 5-7 business days.

Vitamin D, Magnesium RBC, Zinc, Copper & Ca

The tests included in this panel are:

  • Magnesium RBC
  • Zinc
  • Ceruloplasmin
  • Copper
  • Ionized Calcium
  • Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
  • Vitamin D, 1, 25-Dihydroxy

The average processing time is 5-7 business days.

Calcium, Ionized

The Calcium, Ionized test measures how much unbound calcium is in a person's blood.

Unbound calcium is typically measured when the balance between free and bound calcium is disrupted, which can occur with:

  • Extremely low albumin levels
  • Major surgeries
  • Blood transfusions
  • Critical illnesses

Those with low ionized calcium may experience muscle spasms or numbness around the mouth or in their hands and feet.

The average processing time is 1-2 business days, and it has no fasting requirements.

Ceruloplasmin and Copper

Ceruloplasmin is a protein containing copper, an essential mineral for a variety of bodily functions.

Ceruloplasmin and copper blood tests help diagnose diseases that cause abnormal levels of copper in the body, including Wilson's Disease, Celiac Disease, and Cystic Fibrosis. 

The average processing time for a Ceruloplasmin blood test is 4-5 days. It has no fasting requirements and is often accompanied by a copper blood test, which has an average processing time of 2-4 days.

Complete Blood Count and Hemoglobin 

Hemoglobin (Hgb) and Complete Blood Count (CBC) are part of routine general health blood work.

Hgb is a protein that carries oxygen throughout the body. 

Low Hgb levels can indicate anemia, nutritional deficiencies, bone marrow disorders, or kidney damage. High Hgb levels may indicate dehydration, lung disease, heart disease, or kidney tumors. 

The average processing time for Hgb and CBC blood tests is typically 1 day.

Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity

Total Iron Binding Capacity is a blood test that measures the amount of iron you have in your blood and how well the protein transferrin carries the iron in your blood.

The average processing time for a TIBC test is 1-2 days.

Iron helps muscles store and use oxygen, and too little iron can lead to iron-deficiency anemia. Low iron levels may occur from blood loss, poor diet, or inefficient absorption of iron from food.

Ferritin

Ferritin is a protein that stores iron inside the body's cells. By measuring ferritin, doctors can indirectly measure the amount of iron in your blood.

Ferritin blood tests are often ordered after a person receives abnormal CBC results and may be accompanied by an Iron and TIBC Test to check for iron deficiency or overload.

The average processing time of a Ferritin blood test is typically 1 day.

Magnesium, RBC

Magnesium is essential for almost all of the body's chemical processes, including the maintenance of the body's:

  • Muscle and nerve function
  • Bone strength
  • Heart function
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Immune system

Magnesium deficiencies may occur in cases of malnutrition and malabsorption. Magnesium excess may occur from ingesting antacids containing magnesium or when the kidneys excrete magnesium ineffectively.

The average processing time for a Magnesium RBC lab test is 4-5 days.

Potassium, RBC

Potassium is an electrolyte that is important for body and muscle function. Abnormal potassium levels may indicate kidney disease, diabetes, or thyroid disorder, among other conditions.

The average processing time is 5 to 7 days.

Transferrin

Transferrin is a protein that helps carry iron to various parts of the body. It directly measures iron-binding capacity. This makes it useful in the assessment of iron balance, deficiency, and overload.

The typical processing time is 1-3 days, and it is necessary to fast 8-12 hours before blood sample collection.

Vitamin A (Retinol)

Vitamin A is essential for:

  • Healthy skin
  • Healthy eyes and vision
  • Bone growth
  • Immune function
  • Embryonic development

Vitamin A deficiency may occur if a person does not eat enough meat, fruits, and vegetables. Disorders associated with malnutrition or malabsorption can also cause it.

Symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency include:

  • Night blindness
  • Dry eyes, skin, or hair
  • Skin lesions
  • Anemia
  • Gray spots on the eye's lining
  • Repeated infections

Retinol tests also check for Vitamin A toxicity. This typically occurs because of supplement overuse or a diet that consists largely of Vitamin A rich foods.

The average processing time for a Vitamin A (retinol) lab test is 3-7 business days. It is necessary to fast for 12 hours before having your sample collected.

Vitamin D, 1, 25-Dihydroxy

Vitamin D, 1, 25-Dihydroxy is typically ordered to test for an excess of Vitamin D. This can occur with conditions such as parathyroid disorder and kidney failure.

The average processing time is 5-7 business days.

Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy

Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy is necessary for teeth and bones to have proper growth and health. It also helps the immune system and bodily tissues develop healthily.

A Vitamin D lab test is usually ordered to test for symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is usually caused by insufficient sun exposure or conditions like Cystic Fibrosis and Crohn's Disease. Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Aches and pains
  • Frequent infections

The typical processing time is 1-3 days, and it has no fasting requirements.

Zinc

Zinc is essential for a strong immune system, normal growth and cell reproduction, and healing from injuries.

Zinc deficiency occurs from a lack of dietary intake or an excess of certain minerals, which prevent the body from effectively absorbing zinc. It may also occur with conditions such as Crohn's Disease and Sickle Cell Anemia.

Symptoms include:

  • Recurring infections
  • Decreased speed of healing
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Thinning hair
  • Recurring skin rashes or acne
  • Decreased ability to taste or smell

The typical processing time is 3-5 days, and there are no fasting requirements.

Benefits of Magnesium Advocacy Group Recommended Lab Tests and Lab Panels

Magnesium is essential for energy production, nerve and muscle function, and maintaining strong bones.

Persistent or severe magnesium deficiency or excess can lead to:

  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Muscle cramps
  • Seizures
  • Heart Rate changes
  • Numbness or tingling
  • An affected calcium metabolism
  • Exacerbated calcium deficiencies

With Magnesium Advocacy Group lab tests and panels, you can potentially catch these health issues and get the appropriate treatments before they get any worse.

Magnesium Advocacy Group FAQ

Here are some common questions about Magnesium Advocacy Group lab tests.

When Are Magnesium Lab Tests Ordered?

Magnesium Advocacy Group lab tests are used to measure magnesium levels. Abnormal magnesium levels may indicate conditions that impair intestinal magnesium absorption or cause the kidneys to excrete abnormal amounts of magnesium.

Magnesium lab tests are ordered to:

  • Evaluate the severity of kidney problems and uncontrolled diabetes
  • Evaluate diarrhea
  • Evaluate alcoholism
  • Help diagnose gastrointestinal disorders and certain hormone conditions
  • Monitor the effectiveness of a treatment
  • Check for malabsorption or malnutrition

When to Get Tested?

Lab tests are recommended if you are experiencing symptoms associated with abnormal levels of magnesium, including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Irritability
  • Twitching
  • Cramping
  • Confusion
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

Magnesium Advocacy Group tests are also recommended if you have abnormal calcium or potassium levels or when you have been prescribed magnesium for treatment purposes.

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