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What Is Normal For A Vitamin D Blood Test
Why have lab tests: You don't know what you don't know. I deal with a proactive approach to health in functional medicine, so I do a lot of labs. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so you want to know your level before you take a very high dose. Being low is a risk factor for osteoporosis, major depression, and even increases your risk for several cancers. ...Read more
From 30 to 80ng/ml: The normal vitamin d level ranges from 30-80ng/ml (may vary somewhat in different lab). Thus, level less than 30 is considered deficient. I have tested many patients and have never seen anyone having above 65ng/ml--i gues because we generally don't get get enough sun exposure and/or not getting adequate intake from diet. Consult doc. Good luck... Ng=nanogram. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What really matters: What you really want to ask is: how well does my body while pregnant break down carbohydrates (sugar)? This is routinely tested during 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy, when women drink a defined amount of glucose (e.g., 50 grams) and then have their glucose level taken an hour later. If at that time glucose levels exceed 140 mg/dl (140 mg%), more testing is needed; below that you are in good shape. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Retic blood test: The tests for "retics" or reticulocytes measures red blood cell precursors. It is done to determine if a person with a low red blood cell count (or hemoglobin) is replacing the blood normally. A normal retic level is not necessarily a normal result, it depends on the circumstances. For example, a normal retic count when the overall hemoglobin level is low is abnormal. Hope that helps! ...Read more
32-130 ng/ml: Of 25-oh d, which is the most usually assessment, it is 32-130 ng/ml ...Read more
I have been advised that a recent blood test shows my levels of Vitamin D is 8. What does this mean for me?
Serious deficiency: The level that you're at is critically low. You need to start proper supplementation right away. It's also important to take vitamin K2 and vitamin A along with D3. Make sure you have your doctor follow your blood levels until you get to 50 ng/dl. Get more information here www.vitamindcouncil.org. ...Read more
Is 12 considered below the normal range for a Vit D blood test result for a 48 yr woman ? Could this be a serious deficiency w/complication?
Too low: Rather than ask, "Serious?" -- please address this. It may be hard to get enough sunlight in the northern US in winter, and it's time to ask your physician about diet (worth considering -- fortified foods or the few that are naturally rich) and/or supplementing (easier). I'm glad this was detected. You may find you feel MUCH better once this is addressed. ...Read more
Blood result showed that I was deficient of vitamin D. I scored half of what a normal level is.Type of vitamin D should I take and how much (IU) a day?
5-10,000 iu D3/day: With levels that low I advise you start by taking 10,000 iu of D3 a day for 2 months, then reduce to 5-8000 iu/day. At some point you should recheck your levels. Optimal levels are 50-80. It is best to take Vitamin K along with D and make sure you are getting Vit A as these vitamins work synergistically. Avoid D2, which is dangerous! See http://tinyurl.com/mkjempg & http://tinyurl.com/l49p4rg ...Read more
Normal: 30 -80ng/ml: The normal vitamin d level ranges from 30-80ng/ml (may vary somewhat in different lab). Thus, level less than 30 is considered deficient. I have tested many patients and have never seen anyone having above 65ng/ml--i gues because we generally don't get get enough sun exposure and/or not getting adequate intake from diet. Consult doc. Good luck... Ng=nanogram. ...Read more
Yes: B12 level of 127 is much lower than desired. Given you health condition you should be getting injections of B12 at least every three months, preferably every month. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003705.htm ...Read more
Less than 5.7: For people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin a1c test is between 4% and 5.6%. Hemoglobin a1c levels between 5.7% and 6.4% indicate increased risk of diabetes, and levels of 6.5% or higher indicate diabetes. Because out-of-control diabetes results in complications from the disease, the goal for people with diabetes is a hemoglobin a1c less than 7.0. ...Read more
What is an acth stimulation test for? What does it diagnose? I took one and it was a simple blood test. Is that normal?
Sunlight: We have been so educated that sun is not good for skin, that people use ultraviolet skin protecting lotions and creams for protection against skin cancer. However in phoenix where sun shines all the time, there is an epidemic of vit d deficiency because of avoiding the sun too much. Should have 15 minutes exposure to sunlight each day. Vit d supplements are available for treatment of deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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