Measuring Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for bone health, muscle function and immune function. While it is naturally produced in the body through sun exposure, being indoors and wearing sunscreen have made it increasingly difficult for the body to naturally produce and maintain adequate amounts. While Vitamin D deficiency is very common, it can have long term health implications, including possible cancer and cardiovascular complications.
25-Hydroxy Vitamin D Test is the most accurate way to measure Vitamin D in the body and is now being offered to patients during routine screening. UW Health Physician and osteoporosis specialist Neil Binkley, MD, discusses the test and what people can do to help supplement Vitamin D in the body. (Video courtesy of NBC-15)