Vitamin D Deficiency Testing
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Get Your Fast and Easy Vitamin D Deficiency Test at Odom Health & Wellness
Are you getting enough Vitamin D? According to the CDC, Vitamin D Deficiency is prevalent in our country across all geographic and demographic segments. Residents in the upper Midwest, including Minnesota are especially at risk of having very low Vitamin D Levels.
Vitamin D deficiency testing is a quick and easy way to determine if your system is getting enough as well as identify any related health concerns. At Odom Health & Wellness we help patients who are struggling with low Vitamin D Levels. We can help to assess your levels and plan the best course of action to supplement your Vitamin D. We also provide relief for conditions related to low Vitamin D such as osteoporosis.
Why Test for Vitamin D Deficiency?
Vitamin D is an important nutrient that occurs in few foods. It helps your body to absorb calcium, which you need for strong bones. It can also affect your cognitive ability, mood and immune system. To get Vitamin D naturally, your body has to produce it via a chemical reaction between sunlight and your skin. Without sufficient sun exposure, your supply can dip.
There are many studies on Vitamin D that highlight its benefits to your overall health. Some of the benefits of having sufficient levels of Vitamin D include:
- Improved Immune Health
- Improved Bone Health
- Improved Cardiovascular Health
- Less Fatigue
- Decreased Anxiety and Depression
- Improved Joint and Muscle pain
- May Help with Cancer Prevention
- May Help with Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
Easy Vitamin Testing Near Me: How It Works
Dr. Odom and our medical professionals have created an easy testing process for our patients and clients in the Minneapolis/ St Paul metro area. This is traditionally a cash pay procedure, but you can run it through your insurance. This includes:
- Blood Draw
- Lab Processing
- Lab Results
- A 30 minute appointment to review your lab results
- Education on symptoms of low Vitamin D to watch for
- Treatment recommendations (if signs of Vitamin D deficiency exist)
After a thorough review of your lab results we will determine the proper steps to safely increase your vitamin D Levels up to the levels recommended by our governing medical boards. With a wide variety of treatment options available, we want to be sure we find the best plan to effectively increase your Vitamin D levels.
HSA and Insurance Coverage
This is a cash pay service that includes the blood draw, processing, results and an appointment with a medical professional to review the results. You can also choose to run this through your insurance provider. Many HSA programs cover this service with their HSA cards. All subsequent appointments with Dr. Odom, our medical professionals, or other providers may be billed to your insurance. Please contact us for more details.
Vitamin D FAQ
What causes Vitamin D deficiency?
Because you need sunlight to generate Vitamin D naturally, a lack of exposure to sunlight is the most common cause. In colder climates when the sun is low in the hemisphere, getting the proper dose can be challenging.
Can you get Vitamin D through a window?
No. Unfortunately glass filters the sun’s rays and only direct exposure allows for proper Vitamin D production.
Does sunscreen block Vitamin D?
According to the Mayo Clinic, sunscreen does limit Vitamin D production but they also recommend that you continue to apply it when outside. Skin cancer is worse than a vitamin deficiency and most studies suggest that sunscreen’s impact is negligible.
How long does it take for Vitamin D to work?
You should start seeing results in three weeks but it may take up to three months for your levels to reach their ideal. A blood test is the surest way to measure your progress.
How much Vitamin D do you get from the sun?
It doesn’t take a lot of exposure. 15 minutes of exposure at midday should give you all you need. If you’re getting your sun exposure at other times of day, it may take longer.
Can you take too much Vitamin D?
You can but it’s unlikely you will. The recommended daily dose for an adult is 600 international units (IU). If you get 4,000+ IU you might become nauseous, feel weak and confused, have heart rhythm problems or experience poor appetite.
Does Vitamin D help with depression?
There is a strong correlation between mental well being and Vitamin D. Several studies suggest that increased Vitamin D levels can help people dealing with depression.
Schedule Your Vitamin-D Deficiency Test with Odom today!
If you’re worried about Vitamin D deficiency symptoms, come get tested today. It’s a fast and easy way to improve your health both short term and long term.