Vitamin D Screening

Vitamin D helps you maintain strong bones, helps your muscles move, and your nerves to carry messages. It also bolsters your immune system so you can fight bacteria and viruses.


Schedule this Screening
*Screening availability may be limited by location.

Who is this screening for?

Vitamin D screening is appropriate for anyone over 21.Some people don’t get enough of this vitamin, which is an essential nutrient that helps protect the body against osteoporosis.*

Ages

21+

Frequency

Annually

Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is more likely in some people.
  • Dark skinned people who have to get more sun than people with fair skin to get the vitamin D benefit.
  • People who spend most of their time indoors, for reasons of health or work, for instance.
  • Sunscreen and clothing to protect yourself from the bad effects of the sun can also limit the amount of sun your body gets.
  • You live in an area where the sun doesn’t shine as much as in, say, the southern states.
  • Older people absorb less of the sun.
  • Overweight people

Vitamin D Screening Details

Vitamin D Deficiency testing is done by a finger-stick blood test for 25-hydroxy Vitamin D. You do not have to fast before the test.

About Vitamin D Deficiency

In the United States, most Vitamin D comes from fortified milk products, fortified orange juice and fortified cereals. Vitamin D is also produced by the body when it is exposed to the sun. Vitamin D levels generally decrease with age, equally across men and women. If you are Vitamin D deficient, please consult with your doctor before taking supplements.*

Warning Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency

If your results are lower than normal, here are some possible reasons.
  • Not enough sun
  • Eating foods that do not contain sufficient vitamin D
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Poor food absorption
  • Some medications, including phenytoin, phenobarbital and rifampincan affect Vitamin D levels.
*Most of the time, screening results are normal, providing the customer with peace of mind. However, in some cases, such as the real life stories here, potential health issues are identified enabling the person to do something about it before it is too late.
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