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Overview

The Vitamin D Total is a blood test conducted to examine vitamin D deficiency.

What is the Vitamin D Total test?

The Vitamin D Total is a lab test conducted to examine the levels of vitamin D in the body, which is essential for the body to function. The key role of vitamin D is to help control blood levels of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Vitamin D is fundamental for the growth and wellbeing of bones and a vitamin D deficiency can make bones become soft and malformed, which will, in turn, cause diseases as the bones lose their ability to repair themselves.

 Why is the Vitamin D Total test suggested?

The Vitamin D Total test is suggested for the following reasons:

  • When there is an abnormal level of calcium, phosphorus, and/or parathyroid hormone.
  • If there is evidence of bone disease or bone weakness.
  • Before starting treatment for
  • While monitoring treatment of vitamin D deficiency.

The Vitamin D Total test is also suggested when the patient is at a high risk of deficiency or the healthcare practitioner believes that the patient might have a vitamin D deficiency.

How is the Vitamin D Total test performed?

In the Vitamin D Total test, a blood sample is drawn from a vein in the arm.

What are the parameters measured in the Vitamin D Total test?

The level of Vitamin D in the blood should be in between 20 to 50 nanograms/milliliter for healthy people.

Preparation before performing the Vitamin D Total test

There is no special preparation needed before the Vitamin D Total test.

Post-care after the Vitamin D Total test

No special care is required after the sample for testing has been given.

Sample types in Vitamin D Total

A blood sample is needed for the Vitamin D Total test.

Side effects/risks of the Vitamin D Total test

There are no risks associated with having blood drawn in the Vitamin D Total test. The patient might feel lightheaded in the worst-case scenario.

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