Unit: 1 Each
Contents: 1 Collection Kit (Instructions, Blood Collection Card, Lab Form, Blood Sample Return Bag, Prepaid Return Envelope, Wound Kit, Lab Processing, Results Reporting)
Determinations: Vitamin D
Storage Requirements: 59° – 86° F
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is made by the body after exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Vitamin D can also be obtained by taking supplements and is found in some foods such as eggs, fish, liver and vitamin D fortified milk. Vitamin D is important because it improves neuromuscular function; maintains strong, healthy bones; strengthens the immune system, and even combats certain skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, and scleroderma
Deficiencies in Vitamin D can lead to rickets, which occurs when bone tissue doesn’t properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. Research has also discovered that low levels of Vitamin D can also cause increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, and even an increased risk of cancer.
Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency:
- Increased occurrence of respiratory infections
- Body aches
- Muscle weakness
- Swollen, bleeding gums
- Difficulty regulating body weight
It is important to periodically test your levels for Vitamin D deficiency. Early detection can aid in prevention and treatment of the more serious health complications that can arise. The Vitamin D Test provides the same results that can be obtained from your local medical laboratory without the high cost and inconvenience of doctor’s appointments, laboratory fees, and often painful and unnecessary procedure of direct venous or arterial blood draws. This test can be conveniently performed at home in less than ten minutes, and quantitative results can be obtained in approximately the same time as those routinely ordered through a physician.
Complete instructions are enclosed, and sample collection is quite easy and virtually painless. A single finger nick using the enclosed lancet is all that is required to obtain the sample needed. Simply deposit the drops of blood on the collection card and wait 30 minutes for it to dry. Then place the card in the enclosed postage paid return envelope along with your completed Laboratory Requisition Form, and drop in the nearest US mailbox.
After your sample has been analyzed at the Laboratory, you will receive a report by mail that clearly indicate if the results are normal or if a follow up with a health care provider is needed. Early detection of irregularities greatly increases your chances for successful treatment.
Expect to receive your quantitative test results within one week from the time your test has been received by the Laboratory.
Vitamin D Collection Kit (Mail-In) Includes:
Blood Collection Card
Blood Sample Return Bag
Prepaid Return Envelope
Wound Kit contains: (2) Lancets, Alcohol Prep Pad, Gauze and Band-aid
Recommended Dietary Allowances:
- Infants – 0 to 12 months: 400 IU/day
- Children – 1 to 12 years: 600 IU/day
- Teens – 13 to 19 years: 600 IU/day
- Adults – 20 to 70 years: 600 IU/day
- Adults – 71+ years: 800 IU/day
- Pregnant/Lactating Women: 600 IU/day