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Interpreting Results
Tests Included

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Dr. Betina Chandolia
BDS, MDS - Oral Pathology and Microbiology
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Dr. Lalit Mohan Gupta
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Vitamin Profile

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Vitamin Profile Test Includes 3 testsView All
You need to provide
Blood
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation required

Overview


What is Vitamin Profile?

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients for human life. Unhealthy eating habits and adulteration of food can lead to depletion of these vital nutrients & limit the ability of our body to fight against infections. This profile is specially designed to test for common vitamin deficiencies especially Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and folic acid.

Why is Vitamin Profile done?

  1. If you have symptoms of vitamin D deficiency like bone malformation in children (rickets), bone weakness or fractures in adults (osteomalacia)
  2. If you have risk factors for vitamin D deficiency like old age, limited sun exposure, obesity, you have undergone gastric bypass surgery 
  3. If you have symptoms of anemia like weakness, tiredness, pale skin which might indicate vitamin B12 or folic acid deficiency
  4. If you have symptoms or signs of nerve problems like numbness, burning in hands, feet, arms,tingling sensation which may be due to vitamin B12 deficiency

Interpreting Vitamin Profile results


Interpretations

  • Low levels of vitamin B12  may be caused by vegetarian diet, improper absorption from intestine, lack of intrinsic factor 
  • High levels of vitamin B 12 are rare and may be caused by liver disease or myeloproliferative disorder 
  • Low levels of folic acid may be caused by malnutrition, chronic alcoholism, folic acid deficiency anemia 
  • Low levels of vitamin D can be due to improper diet, malabsorption, or decreased exposure to sunlight 

Tests Included (3 tests)


  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B 9

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