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The low vitamin D and the slightly raised Alkaline phosphatase indicates that you could be having bone problems like osteoporosis, very common in females or pre menopausal and menopausal age (like you). Now magnesium has a role in calcium absorption whic also helps in vitamin D absorption in the intestine. That is why your physician has suggested to take magnesium. But I would like you to get your blood calcium level checked as well to look for any calcium deficeincy before you start taking magnesium supplements.
Besides bone problems, Alkaline phosphatase can also be raised in diseases of the gallbladder, such as cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, or gallstones. Finally, liver disease such as tumors or alcoholic liver disease increases blood levels.So, I would also like you to get an ultrasound of the liver and gall bladder to look for any causes in these organs for the raised ALP. If the cause can be identified, appropriate treatment will bring down the level of this enzyme.I hope my answer has helped you.Please remember to rate my service positive once you have all the information you need. If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. Thank you!
Hi Doctor, Thank you. My calcium level was normal, and all my other liver lab values including GGT were normal. Pth was also ok.
I am a stage 1 breast cancer survivor of a few years, so the drug I take Arimidex also causes bone issues.
Knowing these factors, Would the magnesium be a good idea? I still don't understand how it would be?
My doc would like to up the Vit D and recheck in 6-8 weeks
Last question, I love that you are to the point. What alk phos levels would be a concern. When do you think I should get the alk phos level rechecked?