The Vitamin D Home Test Kit determines the concentration of vitamin D in the body (if a vitamin D deficiency is suspected) and for monitoring the 25-hydroxy vitamin D. The report indicates the total level and D2 & D3 levels, together with a clear interpretation. The Vitamin D Test includes free evaluation in the diagnostic laboratory and a detailed results report.
The Vitamin D Home Test Kit makes it quick and easy todetermine your vitamin D level. The sample extraction kit allows you to send a few drops of blood taken from your finger prick sample to our specialist laboratory, where qualified experts carry out a professional analysis and individual evaluation. Based on the test results, we can determine your personal supplement plan with vitamin D and will organise a follow up with you to advise you on which vitamin D supplement would best suit your needs. Vitamin D supplements provide an effective remedy to vitamin D deficiency.
A lack of sunlight exposure can lead to low levels of vitamin D. Only about 20 minutes of sun exposure is necessary daily to obtainthe recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin D, but not everyone even achieves that.
Naturally dark skinned people need more UV exposure toproduce adequate levels of vitamin D as the pigment in their skin reduces UVpenetration, making them more vulnerable to deficiency. Other groups of people vulnerableto vitamin D deficiency include those over 60 years of age because by 60 thebody's ability to absorb minerals deteriorates buy 25% which can lead to aweaker bone structure and immune system; people who cover their skin for religious or cultural reasons; and the elderly or people who are housebound orin institutional care. These groups of people are more likely to suffer fromVitamin D Deficiency though it could happen to anyone, especially if the dietis lacking in vitamin D.
What Does Vitamin D do in the Body?
- Aids calcium absorption and strengthens bone growth
- Helps prevent fragile bones (Osteoporosis)
- Decreases you chance of developing heart disease
- Reduces bone softening in small children (rickets) and adults (osteomalacia)
- Bones stop growing at the age of 20 so it's important toprovide the body with enough vitamin D to support new tissue formation.
How the Vitamin D Home Test Kit Works
- Using this test kit, extract a few drops of blood fromyour finger tip with a finger prick test which causes no pain.
- Send your sample to the laboratory in the enclosed return bag.
- After just a few days you will receive your results in a detailed results report.
We send the testing kit out for you to use at home. All you have to do is place four blood spots onto the collection card from a quick and painless nick of the finger. Full instructions are included in the pack you will receive.
Using the prepaid envelope the collection card is thensent to City Assays, who analyse the sample for Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS trust. From the spots of dried blood on your sample card the laboratory at City Assays uses a liquid chromatography mass spectrometry method to measurethe Vitamin D in your blood. They measure for Vitamin D2 and D3, reporting the total and D2 and D3 results.
The results are supplied within 10 working days of the lab receiving your sample.
The results are emailed directly to you. From this we can provide you with a bespoke supplementation plan to help increase or maintain your levels.
Contained within the pack is everything you need to take a blood spot sample from your finger tip. The pack includes full and clearinstructions with a postage-paid returns envelope (UK only) to post your results to the lab.
This is the style of the report that is emailed to you asa PDF file. It includes a traffic light system to help you interpret theresult. If you need to discuss the results with a professional advisor it isclear on the report that your sample has been analysed in an NHS laboratory.
Does your vitamin D test show ‘active’ or ‘storage’ vitamin D?
The blood spot kits measure 25-hydroxyvitamin D, whichreflects body vitamin D stores. This is generally accepted to be the mostuseful indicator of vitamin D status. The active form is 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D but this isonly measured in very few, rare clinical situations. It is also very unstableand difficult to measure so only a few labs in the country do actually measure it.
Is the test kit suitable for children?
Yes. The vitamin D test service suitable for all agesincluding young children and babies. The test kit requires a small pin prick to the side of the finger be able to collect blood spots for testing. Everything you require is enclosed in the pack