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VITAMIN D TESTING IN CHICAGO

Vitamin D is not only a vitamin but actually classified as a hormone and has many functions in the body including supporting the immune system and aiding the body in absorbing calcium and phosphate, which are necessary for bone health. The body produces vitamin D anytime the skin is exposed directly to the sun; vitamin D is also found in many foods, including dairy products, eggs, and fatty fish.

VITAMIN D IMBALANCES AND DEFICIENCIES

Although some conditions, like lymphoma, are associated with elevated vitamin D levels, the far more common vitamin D imbalance is a vitamin D deficiency.

According to a National Center for Health Statistics analysis of data collected between 2001 and 2006, and with 50 – 125 nanomoles per liter of vitamin D considered “adequate”.

  • 24% of Americans were at risk of having inadequately low vitamin D levels, with 30 to 49 nmol/L 
  • 8% were at risk of being vitamin D deficient, defined as below 30 nmol/L
  • 1% had a vitamin excess, above 125 nmol/L

AT RISK FOR VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Those at risk for a vitamin D deficiency include people who:

  • avoid the sun
  • have a milk allergy
  • stick to a strict vegetarian diet
  • elderly
  • obese
  • have Cystic Fibrosis (or other fat malabsorption condition)
  • have Crohn’s Disease (or other inflammatory bowel condition)

CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Even without the presence of any overt symptoms, however, a vitamin D deficiency could still pose a health risk. Although additional research is needed before definite conclusions can be made, current research suggests that the following conditions may be associated with Vitamin D deficiencies.

  • Rickets
  • Osteomalacia
  • osteoarthritis
  • cognitive issues
  • mood disorders (depression, premenstrual syndrome, seasonal affective disorder)
  • kidney disease
  • cardiovascular disease
  • muscle weakness and fatigue
  • muscle pain
  • tooth loss
  • multiple sclerosis
  • autoimmune diseases
  • cancer (breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, and possibly ovarian cancer and pancreatic cancer)
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • possibly asthma

A vitamin D deficiency or excess can lead to bone weakness and malformation or improper calcium metabolism.

SYMPTOMS OF VITAMIN D EXCESS

Possible symptoms of too much vitamin D in the system include:

  • bone pain
  • muscle weakness
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • kidney damage
  • kidney stones
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • poor appetite
  • weakness
  • weight loss
  • calcium deposits in the heart, lungs, or other soft tissues

TESTING VITAMIN D LEVELS IS IMPORTANT

Without Vitamin D, any number of the above health conditions is possible, whether symptoms show themselves overtly or not. Therefore it is extremely valuable to get your vitamin D level tested to know where you are at. Remember Vitamin D is not just a vitamin, but a hormone necessary for many functions in the body. Our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care routinely test Vitamin D levels in our patients. 

TESTING FOR VITAMIN D

A great deal of recent scientific research has shed much light on the significant roles that vitamin D plays in wellness and illness. As a result, testing for vitamin D has become more advanced and widespread. This has led to both benefits and drawbacks in vitamin D testing.

On the downside, the sudden boom in public interest in getting their vitamin D levels tested has led to the hasty invention of several less-than-accurate forms of testing vitamin D levels. The good news is it has also led to significant advances in accurately testing for vitamin D in the interest of early detection and prevention of a wide number of diseases.

Fortunately, our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care recognize this difference in the vitamin D tests out there and have made sure that the vitamin D test we offer: the 25-hydroxy, vitamin D test, is as precise and accurate as they come. It measures the form that vitamin D takes before the kidney converts it into the active form of vitamin D (Vitamin D3 or Cholecalciferol).

After we get a baseline vitamin D level for an individual, we may recommend Vitamin D testing seasonally for them, depending on that level and their overall health status. In general, healthier people require vitamin D testing less frequently.

SCHEDULE YOUR VITAMIN D TESTING IN CHICAGO TODAY

Call Chicago Natural Health Care today to schedule testing for vitamin D and any other nutrition testing you may be interested in. We also offer individualized nutrition counseling from our Functional Medicine Doctors. You can schedule an appointment below or reach us at 773.418.6877.

Dr. Anthony Crifase | Blood analysis Report | Functional medicine Chicago | Laboratory Testing | Blood tests chicago | Cholesterol test | Heart disease testing | Thyroid Testing | Natural Medicine Chicago

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