Vitamin D BloodDrop™ Testing
Available only in the United States
Advanced Integrated Healthcare offers the 25-hydroxy (OH) Vitamin D BloodDrop™ Test is an inexpensive, quick and painless test that will allow you to accurately assess vitamin D status and monitor supplementation without the inconvenience of venipuncture. This panel is useful for patients of all ages, is completed in the privacy of your own home and is the preferred test in the meaasurement of Vitamin D levels. Insufficient vitamin D levels are associated with the following health concerns:
- Osteoporosis and osteomalacia (fractures)
- Cancers including breast, prostate and colon
- Heart disease
- Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (Depression during autumn/winter months)
- Facial hair and acne
- Lowered resistance to influenza and viruses
- Pain and muscle aches
How does Vitamin D BloodDrop™ testing work?
The test kit contains everything needed for sample collection. A lancet to pierce a finger (similar to the procedure for glucose testing) and then allows drops of blood to fall onto a collection card. When the collection card is dry the patient will package up the sample and return to the lab using the prepaid shipping provided by Advanced Integrated Healthcare.
Who Should Be Tested?
There are some groups of people that are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency. The following people are more likely to be lacking in vitamin D:
- People with darker skin. The darker your skin the more sun you need to get the same amount of vitamin D as a fair-skinned person. For this reason, if you’re Black, you’re much more likely to have vitamin D deficiency that someone who is White.
- People who spend a lot of time indoors during the day. For example, if you’re housebound, work nights or are in hospital for a long time.
- People who cover their skin all of the time. For example, if you wear sunscreen or if your skin is covered with clothes.
- People that live in the North of the United States or Canada. This is because there are fewer hours of overhead sunlight the further away you are from the equator.
- Older people have thinner skin than younger people and this may mean that they can’t produce as much vitamin D.
- Infants that are breastfed and aren’t given a vitamin D supplement. If you’re feeding your baby on breast milk alone, and you don’t give your baby a vitamin D supplement or take a supplement yourself, your baby is more likely to be deficient in vitamin D.
- Pregnant women.
- People who are very overweight (obese).
For more information on the benefits of Vitamin D, or to order a test kit, please contact our office by phone at 404-256-0114 or E-mail.