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Low cost vitamin D Blood Tests

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.

Life Extension

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

ZRT

They charge $75for the mail-in kit
You do not have to go to a lab to get a sample of your blood taken
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Grassroots

Facebook for Grassroots
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
see wikipage http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=266

$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).


Save on Labs $50 (they purchase Labcorp in bulk and sell it to you retail) 2011


Home test kits sold for UK and the world Aug 2014

£28 UK and £33 overseas. - overseas customer have to add airmail return postage
It is a service by a hospital in Birminham England.which has been doing vitamin D tests for 20+ years
CLICK HERE for a Video showing the use of their test kit
Orders are placed over the phone, not online. Results are sent by email however.
Here is a copy of their test results (- in nmol, not nanograms)
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Note: UK considers > 20 ng to be adequate.

See also VitaminDWiki

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See also web

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Vitamin D testing from a Canadian viewpoint – Jan 2014

Vitamin D Testing NutriStart Canada Jan 8, 2014
Highlights

  • 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:
    mymedlab.com $80
    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

Results of Vitamin D test can be good, but Active Vitamin D might not get to the cells

Due to low Magnesium, Low Omega-3, Genes, Kidney disease, etc.
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