The Truth About Vitamin D

Should You Have Your Family's D Levels Checked?

Experts say that as long as you and your kid regularly consume D and you're not at high risk for a deficiency (you don't have dark skin, for instance) there's no need to know your levels. If you ask your doctor for the test, your health insurer probably won't cover it without a suspected diagnosis. In that case, plan on spending between $40 and $200 or more out of pocket, depending on where you live. You'll likely need the 25 (OH) D test, for 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

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