Is there an accurate test for magnesium deficiency?
There are a number of tests designed to measure magnesium levels, however, most (including the most common test, serum magnesium concentration, or SMC) do not provide a complete assessment of magnesium status. For this reason, doctors use a combination of testing and evaluation of symptoms to diagnose magnesium deficiency. These include the serum magnesium concentration (SMC) test, the red blood cell (RBC) test, the magnesium loading test, the 24-hour excretion test, and others. Get more details about each of these in the ConsumerTips section of the Magnesium Supplements Review >>