|Test Inclusions||analysis for this analyte only.|
|Target Turn Around Time in working days||16|
|Reference Range||43 - 148|
|Sample Required||1 x Gold|
|Frozen sample required||This test has a frozen sample restriction, please choose the nearest available hospital from the list below.|
|Fasting Requirement||Fasting not indicated|
|Special Instructions||Protect from light, wrap completely in foil and transport to lab immediately. Send to lab immediately. Sample should be separated and frozen within four hours.|
|GP Referral||Yes Included|
Vitamin D is an important vitamin, essential for good bone helath. It is manufactured in the skin through sunlight exposure, and is found in a number of foods. Prolonged Vitamin D lack can cause osteomalacia, a disease which causes severe structural deformities to the skeleton. Lower level Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a number of non specific symptoms, including chronic pain, weak bones, frequent infections depression and fatigue. It has been estimated that between 50-70% of people living in the northern Europe (where daylight length reduces your chances of receiving adequate sunlight in the winter) are deficient in this vitamin by March each year which is why health screening for this important vitamin is essential.
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