Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy Testing
Vitamin D is an integral part of the mechanism by which your body absorbs calcium. With it, you can develop and maintain strong bones. Without it, problems, including osteoporosis (bone weakness) and rickets (bone malformation) can occur. Monitoring Vitamin D levels can help identify problems before they become serious.
Your body produces vitamin D naturally when the sun’s UV rays contact your skin. Other good sources of the vitamin include fish, eggs, and fortified dairy products. It’s also available as a dietary supplement, and some people use UV-light therapy to make up deficits. In global regions that don’t receive full sunlight throughout the year, it is necessary to supplement through various means.
Vitamin D must go through several processes in your body before your body can use it. The first transformation occurs in the liver. Here, your body converts vitamin D to a chemical known as 25-hydroxyvitamin D, also called calcidiol. The amount of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in your blood is a good indication of how much vitamin D your body has. So testing for that chemical is a good way to monitor vitamin D levels, and help determine whether they are too high or too low.
Did you know…
…Vitamin D is important for:
People with low levels of vitamin D can include :
- people who don’t get much exposure to the sun
- older adults
- people with obesity
- people who have had gastric bypass surgery
- people who have a disease that affects the intestines, such as Crohn’s disease. (This condition makes it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients.)
- Bone health
- Strong immune system
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Energy levels
- Preventing Disease
Check your Vitamin D Level
Lack of sunlight exposure, low Vitamin D levels in the diet, use of certain medicines and poor absorption of foods’ vitamins and minerals can all result in low Vitamin D levels. To check your Vitamin D levels, ARCpoint Labs will run a Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy lab test— the most reliable test to measure the amount of vitamin D in the blood stream and evaluate for vitamin D deficiency.
Contact ARCpoint Labs for Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy Testing
With a simple blood test, ARCpoint Labs can help you know where you stand. ARCpoint does Vitamin D testing without the need for insurance or a doctor’s order. Contact your local ARCpoint Labs location today.