Vitamin D Testing
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Who Should Be Tested?
The following should be tested for Vitamin D deficiency:
- Individuals receiving therapy to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
- Elderly people, especially those with minimal exposure to sunlight.
- Patients with signs and symptoms of hypocalcemia or hypercalcemia.
- Children and adults with suspected rickets and osteomalacia, respectively.
- Patients receiving vitamin D therapy who do not demonstrate clinical improvement.
Vitamin D deficiency testing results in potential impacts:
- Establishes the need for replacement therapy and guides appropriate treatment, avoiding undermedicating the patient.
- Overtreatment can also be detected, but it is rare--occurring only with long-term replacement at doses of almost 10,000 U/day or more.
Benefits of Testing
Vitamin D definiency testing provides:
- Reliable assessment of vitamin D stores.