Electrolytes

Magnesium

A healthy result should fall into the range 1.8 - 2.5 mg/dL, or 0.74 - 1.03 mmol/L.

Along with calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and chloride, magnesium is one of the six essential minerals required by the human body in significant quantities. Involved in more than 300 enzyme reactions in the body, magnesium is necessary for bone formation, muscle activity, nerve transmission, energy production, and blood pressure regulation. It also plays an important role in blood sugar balance, as well as the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Low magnesium status is directly associated with increased risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Reference Ranges for Magnesium in mg/dL:

Adults: 1.8 to 2.6

Children (between the ages of 2 to 18): 1.7 to 2.1

Infants: 1.5 to 2.2

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