Overview of vitamin D testing
- Blood tests for just vitamin D cost from $50 to over $100
- Cost of vitamin D measurement might be lower if made with other blood tests
- Several governments are no longer permitting free vitamin D tests
- Test is typically performed at a testing lab, but several companies sell tests you can do at home
- Test results are often available in less than 3 days
- Test results typically have a reliability/repeatability/consistency of plus or minus 5 percent
- Example: 30 ng it could really be 28.5 ng to 31.5 ng
- The primary purpose of the blood test is to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D
- Rarely will the test show that you are not getting too much vitamin D
- You may want to have a loading dose and followed by 3 months on maintenace dose then get a vitamin D test to confirm that you are taking enough
April 2012 Costs of vitamin D tests are dropping $46
Free Vitamin D deficiency test which does not use blood
Quick self test of vitamin D deficiency not quantitative, but free and extremely easy to do
As of 2010 and 2011 many governments are no longer permitting free vitamin D testing unless you already have broken bones, etc.
The number of people and doctors requesting tests had increased 10X since year 2000 and the costs were getting too high
Suspect that the costs of not adding vitamin D exceed the costs saved by not testing.
They mail out a coupon which you bring to a Labcor location to get your blood tested
Life Extension will send you the results within a week - your choices include mail, FAX, e-mail ...
(I have used LEF many times and have gotten results in e-mail the next day. Henry Lahore)
Cost of test: Non-members $62.67, members $47.00 (as of Feb 2013)
The $75 Life Extension membership fee is applied to any product they sell!
Thus, you can get for two free two vitamin D blood tests by paying the membership fee. Such a deal
Private MD also uses Labcor $60 (confirmed April 2012)
Description: The Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy test is primarily ordered to measure the amount of 25-hydroxy vitamin in the bloodstream to rule out Vitamin D deficiency.
A significant deviation from the normal range may require further evaluation by your physician.
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy: AKA = 25-Hydroxycalciferol. 25-OH-D, Cholecalciferol Metabolite, Vitamin D, Vitamin D3 Metabolite
They charge $75for the mail-in kit
You do not have to go to a lab to get a sample of your blood taken
GrassrootsHealth is sponsoring the use of blood spot test kits (laboratory analysis done by ZRT Labs) for a $65.00 + $5 shipping.
The tests are to be done twice a year by each individual along with the submission of some basic health data.
The kits are not available as a ‘stand alone’ without health data.
You have to fill in some information on amount of vitamin D you are taking, etc
They provide a quantity price discount. I suspect all kits are shipped at the same time)
1 test - $65 + $5 shipping
2 tests - $63/test + $5 shipping
10 test - $60/test + $5 shipping
Which, one supposes, will be included in an update to the graph shown below.
Here is the GrassRoots Chart as of April 2012
$57 with lowest cost shipping
Money back guarantee, but not available in Canada or New York.
Test results are currently mailed, not e-mailed. Test type is EIA by Diasorin (Liason).
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Update July 2011
Save on Labs $50 (they purchase Labcorp in bulk and sell it to you retail)
See also VitaminDWiki
- All items in category Test for D 79 items
Many on variation between tests: different days, different testing methods
- Vitamin D test statistics: recent increase, esp. middle age, most under 30ng – Nov 2013
- 8,000 percent increase in Vitamin D testing by Medicare in a decade - June 2013
- Vitamin D testing in Australia - huge increase in 11 years - July 2012
- VA showed increased vitamin D testing associated with lower health costs - Lancet May 2012
- After 245,000 vitamin D tests 121,000 supplemented but only 5,400 had 2nd test – Oct 2011
- Consultation to medical professionals on Vitamin D Testing - Sept 2011
- Perhaps use a low cost test of excess Calcium in bloodstream
- Vitamin D testing continues to have lots of varition between systems – Nov 2012
- No longer debating vitamin D supplementation, now debating need for testing first – April 2013
- Vitamin D tester falsely said half of hemodialysis patients had less than 30 ng – Jan 2013
- Warning – Medicare will pay for just 1 vitamin D test PER LIFETIME (if not related to a few diseases)
- Quick self test of vitamin D deficiency not quantitative, but FREE
See also web
- Vitamin D blood test: Past and present debates, difficulties, and developments Vitamin D Council Jan 2013
Review of Vitamin D Assays: Past and Present Debates, Difficulties, and Developments. Calcif Tissue Int. 2013 Jan 13. behind a $5/month paywall
16 types of tests for vitamin D
85% use Immunoassay methods
- About 10% of adults have a fear of needles WikiPedia
So would be reluctant to get a vitamin D blood test
- OPKO is getting US approval in 2013 for a small fast blood test device which can test Vitamin D
No indication of accuracy or consistency
Vitamin D testing from a Canadian viewpoint – Jan 2014
Vitamin D Testing NutriStart Canada Jan 8, 2014
- Proviences restricting tests – “except in selected patients with advanced renal failure, mineral and/or bone diseases”.
- Restricted: Alberta, B.C., Labrador, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Ontario.
- Your cost in Canada ranges from $93 to $32
- BC 2013 “Routine serum vitamin D testing or screening for vitamin D deficiency is not recommended…
- Author in BC found that would have needed to get a referral and then pay $61.32.
- US: not need a doctor:
healthcheckusa.com $95 Labcorp
privatemdlabs.com $63 Labcorp
- The Life Extension Foundation $47 for members, $63 for non-members. Labcorp
- The Vitamin D Council home test - ZRT Labs, $65
- Grassroots Health home test kit $65 ZRT