It is estimated that 40 to 75 percent of all Americans are deficient in vitamin D, which has been linked to an increased risk to Alzheimer’s, cancer, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and other diseases. To help bring awareness and to test individual vitamin D levels, the Vitamin D Council has announced the release of vitamin D test kits that can be completed from the comfort of home. The kit is the most affordable vitamin D kit on the market and is now available for shipping nation-wide.
Vitamin D is vitally important and is essential for calcium consumption, bone health and virtually all human organs. Vitamin D deficiencies have been associated with a variety of diseases from cardiovascular disease, childhood asthma, multiple sclerosis, cancer and cognitive impairment in the elderly. Vitamin D deficiency is of more concern during the winter months when people are unable to make as much vitamin D from the sun. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include bone pain, muscle weakness, chronic fatigue, and impaired balance among others. Even without symptoms, too little vitamin D poses health risks.
The Vitamin D Council’s mission is to educate the public and health care providers on the importance of vitamin D and to help reduce the global burden of vitamin D deficiency. The new test kits mark a major leap forward for the Council and provides a service-based approach to helping combat vitamin D deficiency.
“It estimated that 40 percent of the American population is deficient in vitamin D,” said John Cannell, MD, executive director of Vitamin D Council. "This convenient test kit will have a large impact and help reduce the burden of this pandemic.”
The new test kit is the most affordable test kit of its kind currently available in the United States, $50 for a single kit and $180 for a kit for a family of four. Kits can be ordered from www.vitamindcouncil.org/testkit.
All that is required to test is a few drops of blood on the spot card provided, which is then shipped to the Council's partnering lab, Heartland Assays. Heartland Assays, a company that provides testing for many large academic studies, uses the highly accurate LC/MS/MS technique to determine vitamin D levels. Within one to two weeks, results are conveniently uploaded to a secure webpage, which can only be accessed by the customer's private account information.
For more information, visit www.vitamindcouncil.org.