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how can you get tested for a vitamin deficiency?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Vitamin testing: Blood levels of vitamins can be measured but these are often not helpful and or misleading. A level in the bloodstream may not have any correlation to the level of the vitamin in a tissue in the body. Total panel testing is usually not appropriate; a focused test for a level of a specific vitamin based upon a clinical exam is the only thing that would be appropriate.

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How do I decide which prenatal vitamin to take?

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All the same: The extra vitamins, minerals and iron that are required during pregnancy are all available in the appropriate amounts in any over the counter adult multivitamin. There is nothing extra special or better about a prenatal. A higher price does not mean it is better for you.
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What do I need to know about prenatal vitamins?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Take one: There are many brands of prenatal vitamins each with a slightly different compilation of vitamins. The best one to take is the one that you like. Folate (folic acid) in prenatal vitamins has been shows to prevent certain birth defects especially if taken before pregnancy. Find one you like and take it daily.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take diabetic vitamins while pregnant?

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Yes: If by diabetic vitamins you mean sugar-free than yes it is safe to take while pregnant.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Do prenatal vitamins interact negatively with medications?

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Yes: Some yes. You need to ask your pharmacist about possible interactions between your medications and your prenatal vitamins.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

Needing a vitamin deficiency test done what are the main most important vitamins I should get tested for? Who gives these tests & what does it cost?

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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Depends: Any knowledgable doctor can do these tests. I do extensive vitamin and mineral testing routinely for my patients. An integrative medicine physician would be a good bet, especially one who does orthomolecular medicine. Many tests can be done through labcorp or quest, and may be covered by insurance. I test b vitamins, zinc, copper, rbc magnesium, and more.
Dr. Linda Tao
Dr. Linda Tao commented
Cardiology 35 years experience
Spectra cell Nutrieval is a functional lab that does good testing. However I am not sure if they take insurance.
Dec 13, 2014

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