What Does Vitamin D Testing Have to Do With Community Health?
We all know that we need Vitamin D…but that tends to be where our knowledge stops. What’s the deal with Vitamin D? Where does it come from? What does it do? What happens when we don’t have enough of it in our bodies? All these questions and more will be answered, dear reader. Here we go.
What Is Vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is found in a few foods, but is mostly produced right inside our bodies. When ultra-violet light hits your skin, it catalyzes the production of Vitamin D. That’s why people who don’t get a lot of sun will often need a Vitamin D supplement to make up the difference; it’s hard to get enough Vitamin D just from food.
Vitamin D has an important job, but it’s not useful yet until it hits the liver. Inside the liver, Vitamin D is metabolyzed into useful forms that can go right to work in our bones. The Vitamin D metabolites help strengthen and regrow bones, by making calcium usable as a building block. Without Vitamin D, this process wouldn’t work well at all, and over time this could cause some serious problems.
In children, Rickets can develop without proper Vitamin D (improper bone growth, fractures, deformity, bad vibes). In adults, lack of Vitamin D can cause an adult to develop osteoporosis. These are serious problems, but it doesn’t take much to prevent them, or even correct them in the early stages. Just go out in the sun, eat vitamin D rich foods (fish, liver, cheese, eggs), or take a multivitamin with Vitamin D. If you are extremely low in Vitamin D (many people are), your doctor may prescribe high doses of Vitamin D to be taken once a week until your levels normalize.
Testing for Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common. About 50% of the general population is low. For children and elderly adults, the number can be as high as 70% or more. With so many other things to worry about in life, Vitamin D levels may not be your first concern, but it is so necessary in the body that it’s worth getting tested for.
If you run an onsite clinic or health fair, a POC test from Hanson Medical Systems for Vitamin D will be a great health resource for your community and/or employees. Low Vitamin D levels are a big problem for community health groups all around the United States. Because it’s such an easy and affordable problem to correct, testing is the best way to help solve the problem. Have POC tests for Vitamin D ready for your friends and patients. It’s a simple blood test that can be given in the onsite clinic, at home, or at a lab. The information gleaned from this test could help facilitate health changes that benefit a person for the rest of their life. Contact Hanson Medical Systems for buy your tests, and to learn about how to increase awareness about Vitamin D levels, as they relate to overall health in our workplaces and communities.