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Biomarkers Included with the Vitamin D Blood Test blood test
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Vitamin D (25 OH)
About the Vitamin D Blood Test blood test
A vitamin D test is used to check levels of vitamin D in your blood. Vitamin D plays a vital role for keeping your bones and teeth healthy, and plays a role in immune function, mental health, and muscle function.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is also known as the sunshine vitamin because we produce most of what we need through exposure to the sun.
Vitamin D also comes from food, however, it is difficult to get all your requirements from food alone. Sources of vitamin D include oily fish, mushrooms, egg yolks, and vitamin D-fortified foods.
If you have low Vitamin D this can be easily treated with supplements before it causes health problems. If you have a known bone disorder or a problem absorbing calcium, a vitamin D test may be used to see if a lack of vitamin D is causing your condition.
Why choose us?
We pride ourselves on providing the best quality service we can which is why we are trusted by GP's, doctors, physiotherapists, midwives and many other healthcare professionals.
Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.
Biomarker information for Vitamin D Blood Test blood test
Vitamin D is actually a hormone which is activated by sunshine on your skin. Vitamin D is essential for bone strength as it helps your intestines absorb calcium. However, it is thought that vitamin D also plays an important role in immune function, as well as in many chronic diseases and mental health.
Many people in the UK have low levels of vitamin D with symptoms including muscle weakness, mood swings and fatigue. People who have dark skin, as well as those who don’t spend much time outdoors are particularly at risk of low vitamin D.
What does the Vitamin D Blood Test blood test involve?
This blood test is just like a standard blood test.
You will be asked to uncover you left or right arm and suitable vein is found. A tourniquet will be placed and tightened around your upper arm allowing the veins to swell and a needle will be placed into your vein. A small quantity of blood is then drawn into tubes. Once the procedure is complete a small plaster will be placed onto the site which can be removed after a few hours.
How do I prepare
- The blood test requires access to the area of interest, therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- No specific preparation is required for this scan.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- Blood results require interpretation. All results should be interpreted by your regular health care professional / GP.