Vitamin D and Inflammation Test
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Vitamin D and Inflammation Test
Inflammation is an immune response to trauma or infection. The body responds with pain, swelling, and redness, which are all part of the initial inflammatory response.
Short-term inflammation is referred to as acute inflammation and is usually self limiting. When inflammation persists, or is in response to the body’s own tissues, it is referred to as chronic inflammation, which can persist indefinitely.
The cellular mechanisms involved in chronic inflammation are distinct from acute inflammation. Tissue damage can occur. Chronic inflammation has been implicated in a wide variety of disorders, including:
- Heart Disease
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Crohn's Disease
C-Reactive Protein, or CRP, is a protein that increases in the blood with inflammation. The high-sensitivity CRP test (hs-CRP) can detect even small elevations of CRP protein as an indicator of low levels of inflammation in the body.
EverlyWell has included a Vitamin D screen as part of this panel. Though Vitamin D is a valuable marker on its own, there is evidence that low vitamin D levels may correlate with increased CRP levels.
Who should take this test?
You might consider this test if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below or are concerned about your CRP and/or vitamin D levels.
Some early symptoms of chronic inflammation:
- Ongoing, Irritating Pain in Joints or Muscles
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Sugar
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Constant Fatigue or Lethargy
- Skin Problems
- Bloodshot Eyes
Vitamin D is widely known to be essential for strong bones as it helps the body use calcium, but if you are deficient, there are a wide variety of other symptoms one can experience:
- Excessive Sweating
- Noticeable and Unexpected Weakness
- Broken Bones
- Chronic Pain
- Excessive Fatigue
How It Works
- Order test, have it delivered to your doorstep.
- Complete simple blood spot sample collection.
- Mail back to our certified lab (pre-paid shipping label included)
- Receive your results on our secure platform within just days.
What will my results tell me?
Your results will contain your personal levels of CRP and vitamin D and whether they are low, normal, or high compared to the appropriate reference ranges.
It is important to understand that a single C-reactive protein (CRP) level is not always indicative of your baseline level of inflammation. CRP can be elevated by normal changes in your body, such as a recent illness, infection, or trauma. An elevated CRP level should be confirmed with additional testing to determine if chronic inflammation is present.
What guidance will I get along with my results?
EverlyWell can suggest dietary and lifestyle changes that can help you regulate vitamin D levels in your body.
If your vitamin D levels are low, you may wish to modify your diet and sunlight exposure to maximize vitamin D levels in your body.
If you exhibit elevated CRP levels, you may consider waiting a month or so and retesting, as the elevation might be the result of recent illness, infection, or trauma.
Sharing your EverlyWell results with your doctor is the best way to create informed decisions about your health and wellness planning.
- Fatigue or Feeling Tired
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Skin Issues
- Abdominal Pain
- Changes in Bowel Habits
- Elevated Blood Sugar
- Elevated Blood Pressure