Vitamin D deficiency: Will you know when it's too late?
The ZRT Laboratory now offers a simple, convenient and accurate test for
screening Vitamin D levels.
Please note customers in California, Maryland, and New York have to
adhere to state laws:
California State residents:
California State health law does not allow the testing
of specimens collected or mailed from California without a written order
from a health care professional licensed to prescribe in California
(M.D.; N.D.; D.C.; D.O.; N.P.; and L.Ac.).
Maryland and NY State residents:
Maryland and New York State health law prohibits ZRT
Laboratory from processing Internet orders for New York State residents
at this time.
Many physicians are responding to recent research
linking a variety of disease states and general wellness to Vitamin D
levels. Vitamin D deficiency (levels measured below 32 ng/ml) does not
have obvious symptoms and can increase your risk for more serious
diseases including flu, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and
multiple sclerosis. In addition, an increased risk for strokes, diabetes
(types 1 and 2), depression, and breast and colon cancer are closely
linked to low Vitamin D levels. This is simply not something to play
around with. The saying "an once of prevention is better than a pound of
cure" is a true statement in regard to Vitamin D testing. It only makes
sense that a Vitamin D deficiency is linked to so many health problems
because we are designed to literally soak it up for free from the sun,
but ironically even though it is free, we spend so much time indoors
that we just don't get enough. This is why Vitamin D supplementation
ZRT has developed and refined Vitamin D testing (both D2 and D3) in
dried blood spots. A few drops of blood from a quick and nearly painless
nick of the finger are placed on a filter paper to dry. This can be
performed easily either at a health practitioner's office or the
convenience of your home. The dried blood spot sample is then sent to
ZRT for analysis. With ZRT's innovative blood spot test, there is no
more wasted time and resources going to a lab for a painful blood draw.
Once ZRT has received your dried blood spot sample, your results will be
available in about a week. As you continue to monitor your Vitamin D
levels, ZRT will generate a "history" test report with your newest test
results compared with previous tests. This will enable your health care
provider to recommend the right dose of supplementation, if necessary,
and then track your treatment progress. If you have additional questions
about Vitamin D or blood spot testing, please ask your doctor,
pharmacist, or other trained health care provider.