The ZRT Vitamin D Deficiency Blood Spot Test screens Vitamin D levels and detects Vitamin D deficiency through a simple procedure. Once ZRT receives your dried blood spot sample, you will be able to obtain your results in about a week. As you continue to monitor your Vitamin D levels, ZRT will generate a "history" test report comparing your latest test results to previous results. If Vitamin D supplementation is necessary, this history report will track the effectiveness of your treatment and help your health care provider recommend the right supplement dose.
Vitamin D FAQ’s:
What are some symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency?
Some symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency may include frequent bone fractures, chronic pain including muscle or joint pain, depression and a poor immune system.
Who is at risk of having a Vitamin D deficiency?
People who are obese, have dark pigmented skin, suffer from heart disease or gastrointestinal issues like celiac or crohn's disease or people spend the majority of their time indoors are at higher risk of having a Vitamin D deficiency.
What are some long term effects of having a Vitamin D deficiency?
Left untreated, a Vitamin D deficiency may lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, susceptibility to increased infections and lower bone density leading to increased bone fractures. In addition, some studies have shown that having a Vitamin D deficiency may increase your risk of developing cancer.
What are some tips to make my bloodspot collection easier?
To encourage blood flow, try running your hands under warm water and/or rubbing your hands together or swinging your arms before nicking your finger. Also, make sure that your hand is below your waist when you begin collection to allow gravity to assist with blood flow.
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