Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy Testing
Vitamin D is important for strong bones because it is an integral part of the mechanism by which your body absorbs calcium. Without it, you are at risk for osteoporosis (bone weakness) and rickets (bone malformation), so monitoring Vitamin D levels is very important.
You can obtain Vitamin D through good sources including fish, eggs, and fortified dairy products. You can also spend time in the sun so your body produces it naturally. It’s 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.
But before you can use Vitamin D, it must go through several steps within your body. 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
ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC can reveal if you are Vitamin D deficient. We 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 of Columbia, SC for Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy Testing
With a simple blood test, ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC can help you know where you stand. ARCpoint Labs does Vitamin D testing without the need for insurance or a doctor’s order. Contact ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC today.