WHAT IS VITAMIN D
Vitamin D is a pro hormone and is the applied to two fat-soluble substance, cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol. Vitamin D important role in regulating body levels of calcium and phosphorus and in mineralization of bone. Its helps with strong bones and may help prevent some cancers.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is actually produced in the skin of humans and ability of skin and kidney to form & process Vitamin D.
VITAMIN D TEST
A Vitamin D blood test measures the level of 25 (OH) Vitamin D in your blood.
PREPARING FOR THE TEST
You don’t need any preparation (Ex: fasting) for a Vitamin D test.
HOW DO YOU SAMPLE COLLECTION?
The test name is 25 hydroxy Vitamin D, known as 25 (OH) Vitamin D short for the blood test, a technician will use a needle to take blood from a vein and it’s a clot tube. Only clot sample is using the test after centrifuge the clot sample and collect the plasma.
IF SAMPLE ERROR OCCURS
- Sample collection mistake by technician
- Lysed sample are not taken the test because the value is change
RECOMMENDATION FOR TESTING
- High risk of developing Osteoporosis.
- Chronic kidney disease patients.
- All cancer patients under treatment.
- With hypertension and cardiac risks.
- Pregnant women and patients with risk of bone loss.
- Diabetic patients and obesity patients.
- Autoimmune disease patients and transplant patients.
- Under treatment with steroids.
WHY DO THE TEST
If you have symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency (not enough Vitamin D) and excess of Vitamin D (too much), here are some symptoms and diseases you may get.
SYMPTOMS AND DISEASES
- Rickets (Osteomalacia in adults) develops from a failure of the bones to ossify in the child that the disease was due to lack of sunshine or some dietary factor. Muscle weakness, pain, fatigue, and depression, bone weakness, bone softness and fractures.
- Osteoporosis is another bone disorder. Which can lead to fractures, weak bone, heart disease and high blood pressure, diabetes, infection and immune system disorders, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer.
- Too much Vitamin D can cause damage to your organs and blood vessels.
NORMAL VALUES OF VITAMIN D
DEFICIENCY : <10 ng/ml
INSUFFICIENCY : 30 ng/ml
TOXICITY : >100 ng/ml
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO GET ENOUGH VITAMIN D
Sun is one of the best sources of this nutrient, spend time in sunlight. Consume fatty fish and sea foods, eat more mushrooms, include egg yolks, and try a UV lamp.
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