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Low cost vitamin D Blood Tests

Overview of vitamin D testing

  • Low cost Vitamin D Blood tests cost $40 - $70
  • Several governments no longer give free vitamin D tests
    • Beware - hospital/govt tests often cost $150-$250
  • Blood is typically drawn at a lab or hospital
    • Tests can also be made at home - blood spot is mailed in
  • Test results from both are available in 1-5 days
  • Test results from both 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 a blood test is to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D
    • Rarely will the test show that you are 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


Vitamin D Council selling home test kits as of Nov 2014

$50 for public $45 for members
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Details on blood spot testing at Vitamin D Council
Heartland Assays is a company run by Drs. Ron Horst and Bruce Hollis
Do not notice dried blood spot testing on their website Dec 2014
Vitamin D related tests which they provide include
Plasma or Serum 25(OH) Vitamin D2/D3 by LC/MS/MS - $60/sample:    Vitamin D Binding Protein - $25/sample
Total 25(OH)D by Liaison - $29/sample   Total 25(OH)D by RIA - $35/sample
Total 1,25(OH)2D by RIA - $45/sample   Serum or Plasma Vitamin D2/D3 LC/MS/MS - $60
24,25(OH)2 Vitamin D2/D3 by LC/MS/MS - $60

Study of accuracy and repeatability of vitamin D blood spot test Sept 2014

Results There was good agreement between measurements of 25OHD from DBS and plasma; R2 = 0.73 from a regression of plasma concentration on DBS concentration. The within-batch and between-batch intraclass correlations from the 500 replicate measurements were 0.82 (95% confidence interval, 0.80, 0.85) and 0.73 (95% confidence interval, 0.68, 0.78), respectively.


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
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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 a free vitamin D blood test by paying their membership fee. Such a deal
Note: many of their great supplements are available at lower than member cost on Amazon.

Private MD also uses Labcor $63 (confirmed Nov 2014)

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 $75

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Grassroots $70

Facebook for Grassroots
GrassrootsHealth is sponsoring the use of blood spot test kits (laboratory analysis done by ZRT Labs)
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
Video of use of GrassRoots home test kit similar for other home tests
A group of 6,000 people have vitamin D levels higher than 50 ng – GrassrootsHealth many charts
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).


Home test kits sold for UK and the world Aug 2014 $52

£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 > 10 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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