Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Vitamin D not a screening test, need not be routinely checked: Doctors

Vitamin D is not a screening test, and there is no need to regularly test for the essential vitamin good for bones and heart, said doctors on Saturday, amid new guidelines by the US Endocrine Society.

Also known as the sunshine vitamin, it is a fat-soluble vitamin that exists in two main forms: D-2 and D-3.

It is an essential micronutrient important for the development of bones and teeth and also the regular functioning of the immune system. Several studies have linked its deficiency with common disorders including musculoskeletal, metabolic, cardiovascular, malignant, autoimmune and infectious diseases

This resulted in widespread supplementation and increased laboratory testing in the general population.

The Endocrine Society in the US, this week, issued a new guideline recommending against Vitamin D testing and supplementation for healthy adults till the age of 75 years.

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