Vitamin D deficiency is an important marker for general health and wellness, as Vitamin D is actually a prohormone and not technically a vitamin.
A vitamin is defined as a substance that is not made naturally by the body but must be supplied in the diet to maintain life processes. But in fact, we make most of our vitamin D by the action of ultraviolet light (sunlight) on the vitamin D originator that is found in our skin. We only get very small amounts of vitamin D from our diet.
Vitamin D deficiency (levels measured below the normal) does not have obvious symptoms but can increase your risk for more serious diseases including flu, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis. In addition, an increased risk for strokes, diabetes (types 1 and 2), depression, and breast and colon cancer are closely linked to low Vitamin D levels.
Testing for vitamin D is therefore an important screening test, especially if you spend much of your time indoors, or live in a colder climate. This innovative and convenient blood spot test measures both the natural form of Vitamin D (D3) as well as D2, the form that is used in many supplements. So testing can be used to monitor vitamin D supplementation to ensure you are getting the right amount for optimum health.
Symptoms and conditions of Vitamin D deficiency:
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Bone pain
- Frequent bone fractures
- Muscle weakness
- Soft bones that may result in deformities
- Unexplained fatigue
- Minimal exposure to sunlight
RESULTS: 7-10 Business Days