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Vitamin D Blood Test-25-Hydroxy

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Vitamin D is essential in the growth and formation of healthy bones and teeth. Without it, children can develop a bone-malformation condition known as rickets, and adults can develop osteomalacia, which is characterized by weakness, softness or fractures of the bones. Vitamin D also helps regulate levels of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in the blood, and has been shown to influence the growth of other tissues in the body as well as the regulation of the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in the development of conditions such as cancer, heart disease‚ osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis.

The body gets vitamin D from two sources: dietary intake through foods and supplements (exogenous), and through production in the skin upon exposure to sunlight (endogenous). Although vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods, in the United States, many products are supplemented with it, including milk, breakfast cereals and juices. Those at risk of vitamin D deficiency include individuals who are elderly; obese; have dark skin; are institutionalized, homebound or have limited sun exposure; have undergone gastric bypass surgery; and have conditions such as cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s disease that interfere with fat absorption.

The Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy Blood Test is often ordered for individuals that have symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. It may also be ordered before an individual begins osteoporosis drug therapy. Low levels may indicate a dietary deficiency, malabsorption or lack of exposure to sunlight.

CD57 Blood Test- Part of the ReCODE Protocol

HNK1 (CD57) PROFILE BLOOD TEST

Why is CD57 Important in Evaluating Cognitive Problems?

The ReCODE protocol for recovery from cognitive decline has been uniquely successful in slowing and reversing cognitive decline because it searches for the widest range of potential sources of cognitive problems. Lyme disease is just one of those sources. Lyme disease has been found to be associated with the cognitive decline of some individuals. An active case of Lyme disease must receive adequate treatment in order to stop injury to the brain. Failure to address the inflammation associated with Lyme would be tragic, therefore testing is considered a critical part of the protocol.

What is the CD57 test for?

CD57 is used to monitor remission status in patients with chronic Lyme disease.

CD57 is a type of marker that is present on natural killer cells (NK) and T lymphocytes. In chronic diseases like Lyme disease, the number of CD57 NK cells has been shown to be below normal. It is believed that the lower the number of CD57 natural killer cells in the body, the more active the Lyme disease is, and the higher the amount, the closer a person is to remission.

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Ever wonder if you have Vitamin D Deficiency? Get your blood tested

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The Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy Blood Test determines Vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is essential in the growth of healthy bones and teeth. Without it, children can develop a bone-malformation condition known as rickets, and adults can develop osteomalacia, which is where bones become soft and easy fracture. Vitamin D also helps regulate levels of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in the blood, and has been shown to influence the growth of other tissues in the body as well as the regulation of the immune system. Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in the development of conditions such as cancer, heart disease‚ osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis.

The body gets vitamin D from two natural sources: your diet and exposure to sunlight. Although vitamin D is found naturally in only a few foods, in the United States, many products are supplemented with it, including milk, breakfast cereals and juices. There are a few groups more risk of Vitamin D deficiency than others:

  • People over 60
  • People with excess weight
  • People with darker skin tones
  • People with living situations with limited sunshine
  • People who have undergone gastric bypass surgery
  • People who have conditions like cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s disease that interfere with fat absorption.