vitamin D test
Vitamin D is a nutrient found in cells throughout the body. It plays a vital role in maintaining your health. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and keeps your bones healthy. It also helps your muscles move, your nerves to carry messages between your brain and every body part, and it helps your immune system fight infections. You get vitamin D from the foods that you eat, and your body also makes it when you’re exposed to sunlight. A vitamin D test measures the level of vitamin D in your blood.
who should be tested?
Vitamin D deficiency has a wide range of symptoms (such as those with fatigue, depression, weakness, joint or muscle pain). People who may be at risk for low vitamin D levels include:
- Older adults
- Individuals who have low exposure to sunlight (such as those in northern climates)
- Individuals with darker skin complexion
- Individuals who have difficulty absorbing fat in their diet
- Individuals with osteoporosis or other bone disorders
- Individuals who are obese or have previously had gastric bypass surgery
- Individuals with a history of falling
- Individuals using certain medications, such as antifungals, anticonvulsants and glucocorticoids
- Individuals with chronic renal disease
what will my results tell me?
Your test results will show your vitamin D levels.
It’s always important to share your results with your health care provider who can better explain your results and what they mean for you.
If your test results are abnormal, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to a board-certified licensed PWNHealth healthcare provider at no extra cost.