Synonyms/Also Known as
Calcium, Phosphorus, PTH, Magnesium, Bone Markers, Trace Minerals
Why get tested?
To diagnose deficiency or excess levels of vitamin D in the body and to monitor its treatment.
When to get tested?
When calcium, phosphorus, and/or parathyroid hormone level are abnormal, evidence of bone disease or bone weakness, prior to starting drug treatment for osteoporosis, to monitor treatment of vitamin D deficiency.
Test preparation needed
No special preparation required
About The Test
How is it used
1. What are the sources of vitamin D?
Adequate exposure to sunlight helps in the synthesis of vitamin D in the body. The sources of vitamin D include few of the dietary food like cod liver oil and milk, cereals, fruit juices fortified with vitamin D.
2. What are there other uses for vitamin D?
Topical form of vitamin D can be used as a cream to treat psoriasis. the potential use of vitamin D to help control autoimmune conditions is under research.
3. Is vitamin D a necessary component in calcium supplements?
The absorption of calcium in the body is dependent on vitamin D. So many manufacturers of calcium supplements add vitamin D to ensure optimal calcium uptake.