Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Individuals with a history of vitamin deficiency in their family may want to consider a vitamin D test, as a recent study found that genetic variants that are passed down through generations can contribute to the condition.
Researchers found four genetic variations to be associated with an increased risk of developing vitamin D deficiency, and that inheriting one or more of them can make a person more than twice as likely to have insufficient levels of the vitamin.
Thomas Wang, who led the investigation, said that the knowledge that individuals can be genetically predisposed to vitamin D deficiency could lead to better diagnoses and treatments.
"It's possible that these results could explain why some people respond well to vitamin D supplements and others don't," he said. "We also need to investigate how genetic background can have an impact in the chronic diseases that appear to be associated with vitamin D deficiency."
Other recent studies have shown a link between an insufficiency of the vitamin and diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here