Vitamin A Blood Test

£10.00

A Vitamin A Blood Test is a useful way of monitoring your nutrition levels. The test is able to analyse if you have deficient Vitamin A levels and can indicate if further treatment or a dietary supplement is required.

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  • Vitamin A
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Vitamin A Blood Test
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Vitamin A Blood Test
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Vitamin A

Vitamin A (a.k.a. Retinol) is a type of fat-soluble nutrient that can be absorbed by the body from foods. A good source of vitamin A is fatty foods like meat, salmon, cream, whole milk, etc. Vitamin A is recognised to build immunity and stimulate the production of white blood cells. A deficiency of  Vitamin A can cause anaemia, night blindness, dry skin, infection-prone skin, weak immune system. Vitamin A can be harmful if consumed in excess quantities hence, it is important to main optimum levels of this vitamin in the body.

Have you been feeling any of these symptoms lately?

The Vitamin A blood test is suitable for individuals experiencing one or more of the following symptoms:

1. Blurry vision at night

2. Dry skin patches 

3. Itchy skin

4. Dry eyes

Additional Information

Symptoms of vitamin A and mineral deficiencies

-Dry, itchy skin

-Dry eyes

-Night blindness

-Rough, scaly skin

-Slow wound healing

-Frequent infections


Why do people need nutrition tests?

-People who don't eat enough fruits and vegetables may be at risk for vitamin A and mineral deficiencies.

-People with certain medical conditions may also need to take supplements.

-Pregnant women and young children are especially at risk for vitamin A deficiency. They need extra vitamins and minerals to support their growing bodies.


Important information

- Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. This is especially important if you have a medical condition or are taking other medications.

- Be sure to read the labels on supplements carefully. Make sure you know how much of each vitamin and mineral you're getting.

-Vitamin A and iron supplements can be harmful in large doses. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.


Mineral Panel Test

Your doctor may recommend a blood test to check for a vitamin A deficiency. The test measures the level of a protein called retinol-binding protein (RBP). RBP is involved in the absorption of vitamin A from food. Low levels of RBP can be a sign of a vitamin A deficiency. Your doctor may also recommend other tests, such as a liver function test, to check for problems with your liver. This organ stores vitamin A.


Treatment for vitamin a deficiency

If you have a vitamin A deficiency, your doctor will likely recommend that you take a supplement. You may also need to eat more foods that are rich in vitamin A, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash. In severe cases, you may need to receive injections of vitamin A.


Prevention of vitamin a deficiency

You can help prevent a vitamin A deficiency by eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you're at risk for a deficiency, your doctor may recommend that you take a supplement.

Why take a test?

Most people do not need to take a vitamin A test. You may need to take a vitamin A test if you have certain conditions that can affect your body's ability to absorb or use vitamin A. These conditions include:

- Certain liver diseases

- Kidney disease

- Malabsorption syndromes such as celiac disease or Crohn's disease

- Certain genetic disorders

You may also need to take a vitamin A test if you are taking medications that can affect your vitamin A levels. These medications include:

- Corticosteroids

- Anticonvulsants

- Weight-loss surgery

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you may also need to take a vitamin A test to make sure you are getting enough of this important nutrient.

30%
of children globally are estimated to be vitamin A deficient
According to the NCBI, vitamin A deficiency is considered one of the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies worldwide, mainly affecting children in developing countries.
80%
of vitamin A consumed in the U.S.A and other high-income countries comes from preformed vitamin A
According to the ODS, about 65%-85% of vitamin A consumed comes from preformed vitamin A, whereas provitamin A is the main form consumed in low-income countries.
Expert’s Opinion

Experts Opinion on Vitamin A Tests

"As a doctor, we use this test to check your vitamin A levels so that you can either top up and optimise your levels as necessary or, maintain what you’re doing if it's adequate. This test can also be used to ensure your levels aren't too high, as vitamin A can cause toxicity levels on higher intake doses."


Dr Sameer Nakedar
MBBS, MRCGP, PGCert
Experts Opinion on Vitamin A Tests

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