Beyond bone health, sufficient exposure to vitamin D - through sun exposure, food and dietary supplements - is essential to strengthen the immune system and maintain general health for optimum wellness.
Low levels can be due to a Vitamin D deficiency, which can result from:
- Lack of exposure to sunlight
- Lack of enough vitamin D in the diet
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Poor food absorption
- Use of certain medicines
Vitamin D deficiency causes:
+ bone-weakening diseases such as osteoporosis in adults and rickets in
+ increased risk of cancer, diabetes and several cardiovascular or
Serum levels of 25-OH Vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) are important in establishing true vitamin D levels in humans.
In the kidney, 25-OH Vitamin D changes into an active form of the vitamin. The active form of vitamin D helps control calcium and phosphate levels in the body.
The 25-OH Vitamin D test is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in the body.
Vitamin D blood test is also important for:
o men on androgen or hormone deprivation treatment for prostate cancer
o women being treated for breast cancer
The 25-OH Vitamin D test is now available at CLINIPATH
Reporting of the result is within 24 hours