Testing Yourself For Vitamin D Deficiency

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Undeniably, you have heard a spate of reports about how vital Vitamin D is for overall and specific health, during the past couple of years. No doubt, many of you are taking it every day right now. But how do you know you’re getting enough from your vitamin D supplement?

According to the Vitamin D Council, Vitamin D is vitally important and is essential for calcium consumption, bone health and virtually all human organs. Vitamin D deficiencies have been associated with a cardiovascular disease, childhood asthma, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and cognitive impairment in the elderly. Vitamin D deficiency is of more concern during the winter months when people are unable to make as much vitamin D from the sun, simply because most folks are indoors more. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include bone pain, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, and impaired balance among others. Even without symptoms, too little vitamin D poses health risks.

Vitamin D Council estimates that approximately 40 % to 75% of all Americans are deficient in vitamin D, which has been linked to an increased risk to Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and other diseases. To help bring awareness and to test individual vitamin D levels, The Vitamin D Council has just released vitamin D test kits that can be completed from the comfort of home.

The new test kit is the most affordable test kit of its kind currently available in the United States, $50 for a single kit and $180 for a kit for a family of four. Kits can be ordered from www.vitamindcouncil.org/testkit.

All that is required to test is a few drops of blood on the spot card provided, which is then shipped to the Council’s partnering lab, Heartland Assays. Heartland Assays, a company that provides testing for many large academic studies, uses the highly accurate LC/MS/MS technique to determine vitamin D levels. After about two weeks, results are conveniently uploaded to a secure webpage, which can only be accessed by your private account information.

Remember the adage, knowledge is power. When you know (and can see) from a test result that you need “more,” you are more apt to take the positive action. We encourage you to visit www.vitamindcouncil.org for more information about how Vitamin D positively affects your health and the health of your family.