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Vitamin D tests for Canadian BC adults can only be ordered by specialists – Oct 2019

Vitamin D Testing BC Guidelines.ca


Most (all?) of Canada and many other countries, has been see a huge increase in vitamin D tests and has greatly limited tests so as to reduce short-term costs

Govts ignore that Vitamin D levels have been crashing
Drop in Vitamin D levels VDW#10189
Tests for Vitamin D contains the following overview/opinion

They also incorrectly state that " Adequate vitamin D can be made endogenously by careful exposure of the arms and legs to sunlight for 10-15 minutes per day in the summer months:
No – 10 minutes per day of sun-UVB is NOT enough contains the following summary

  • 5-10 minutes provides only 1,000 IU ONLY IF you are near the equator
  • AND young
  •  AND not obese
  •   AND have light skin
  •    AND it is summer
  •     AND it is the middle of the day
  •      AND you have lots of skin exposed to the sun
  •       AND you are lying down
  •        AND you are not wearing sunscreen
  •         AND you have a healthy Liver
  •          AND no clouds and nor air pollution
  •           AND you have good response to sunshine (4X variation between individuals)

“Vitamin D testing is only covered under the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) when the patient is <19 years or when the test is ordered by a specialist.”

“The test may be considered in the following clinical scenarios:3
significant liver disease
significant renal disease
osteopenia or osteoporosis
history of non-traumatic (“fragility”) fractures
malabsorption syndromes
hypo- or hypercalcemia/hyperphosphatemia
hypo- or hyperparathyroidism
medications affecting vitamin D metabolism
   (e.g. phenobarbital, carbamazepine, phenytoin and valproate)
unexplained elevation of alkaline phosphatase
high dose vitamin D combined with evidence of vitamin D toxicity

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