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25-hydroxyvitamin D from a simple blood spot collection

 

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D-Facts

A 2010 study estimated that 37,000 deaths could be prevented every year if the Canadian average vitamin D level* was 105 nmol/L. Grant WB

*measured as 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, the standard test for vitamin D sufficiency.

Get the facts by downloading our fact sheet here.

When to Test?

Ideally you want to know what your vitamin D level is after sun exposure, and after little or no sun exposure.

Many experts recommend testing twice a year – at the end of winter (March) for the lowest levels, and again at the end of August to see levels at their highest.   If you supplement with vitamin D, any time of year is a good time to test, but if you have recently changed your dose of vitamin D, wait at least 4 weeks before testing.

Getting D-Levels Right!

Rocky Mountain Analytical uses health information you provide to explain what results mean for your health. Other laboratories only report a number.

We send a full colour report to your healthcare professional 7 to 10 days after testing your blood spot.

Rocky Mountain Analytical measures Vitamin D levels in a convenient dried blood spot test you do at home.

Talk to your Healthcare Professional and order a test today! Download our information package here.

Testing is EASY

 

  • Testing Kits available at our Naturopathic clinic
  • Blood Draw offered by our Naturopath in-charge
Vitamin D – Are You Getting Enough?
Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. It plays an essential role in the formation and maintenance of healthy bones. Moreover, there is an increasing body of research showing that the Vitamin D group metabolites are also important for many other cellular functions, including immune mediation. The main sources of Vitamin D are supplementation in the food supply (Vitamin D2) and sunlight. Since many Canadians are at risk for Vitamin D deficiency, additional supplementation, usually in the form of oral Vitamin D3, is recommended. Both Vitamin D2 (derived from yeast) and Vitamin D3 (produced by animals, including humans) are capable of being metabolized to the active form, 1,25-Dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25-Di-OH Vitamin D). A recent survey of serum levels of 25Hydroxycholecalciferol (25-OH Vitamin D) in patients tested at LifeLabs in BC found that 20% of patients had levels of <50 nmol/l, a level where patients are at increased risk for osteoporosis.
Why the Recent Changes in MSP Billing of the Vitamin D test? Serum levels of 25-OH Vitamin D are the best measure of Vitamin D status. However, most patients, when provided adequate supplementation with Vitamin D3, will not benefit from having their Vitamin D status confirmed by the determination of serum levels of 25-OH Vitamin D. Also it is widely held that toxicity from Vitamin D supplementation is very rare. For these reasons, Vitamin D testing is no longer a benefit of the Medical Services Plan for patients over the age of 18, unless ordered by a specialist. As of July 22, 2013, Patients who do not meet the MSP criteria will be presented with the option to pay for the 25-OH Vitamin D test privately.
Physicians’ Lab Update / Newsletter July 2013What is the Difference Between 25-OH Vitamin D and 1,25-Di-OH Vitamin D? 25-OH Vitamin D is produced in the liver from dietary or sunlight derived Vitamin D2 or D3. The active form of Vitamin D, 1,25-Di-OH Vitamin D, is produced from 25-OH Vitamin D in the kidneys. Significant renal parenchymal disease is required before this conversion is clinically significantly impaired. Conversely, overproduction of 1,25-Di-OH Vitamin D can occur in patients with sarcoidosis or lymphoma. It is possible, though difficult, to measure 1,25-Di-OH Vitamin D levels in serum. The assay accuracy and precision is not nearly as good as that for 25-OH Vitamin D. For these reasons, determining 1,25-Di-OH Vitamin D levels is only of benefit in patients with sarcoidosis, lymphoma or significant renal disease, and measurement of 1,25-Di-OH Vitamin D is not indicated for determining osteoporosis risk in otherwise healthy patients.

Dr. Kent Dooley, Clinical Chemist (source LifeLabs)

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Rocky Mountain Analytical

Who is Rocky Mountain Analytical? Dr. George Gillson started Rocky Mountain Analytical in 2002 with an eye to delivering top quality diagnostic testing.   Dr. Gillson is a licensed physician and holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. We perform urine and hair element analysis, Food Sensitivity testing and saliva hormone testing in our accredited Calgary laboratory, and have  partnered with some excellent laboratories to offer additional test items such as: urinary thyroid analysis and conventional laboratory testing. Our commitment to quality is evident from our assay technique and our comprehensive application of patient specific information. The symptom and hormone information provided by patients allows us to make interpretations that link hormone levels to the clinical history. Through our commitment to innovation, quality, and outstanding service, we are continually advancing the science of wellness.
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