Are There At-Home Tests for Vitamin Deficiency?

Madeline Hlobik
Madeline Hlobik4 Feb 2022
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Your body needs 13 essential vitamins found in food to maintain overall health. If you are deficient in any of them, you can suffer from symptoms such as fatigue, dry skin, depression, and more. Fortunately, there are at-home tests to check for vitamin deficiencies.

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Testing For Vitamin Deficiency

Doctors are able to diagnose vitamin deficiency through blood tests. These tests allow doctors to check the number and health of your red blood cells. Getting tested for vitamin deficiency consists of 4 easy steps:

  1. Schedule a blood test
  2. A trained professional will collect a blood sample from your arm
  3. The blood test is sent to a lab for processing
  4. Review your results

Doctors are able to identify advanced deficiency by reviewing your white blood cell and platelets count results from the blood test. They will also be able to see the amount of folate, vitamin C, and vitamin B-12 in your blood, as these deficiencies will trigger similar symptoms. 

If your doctor identifies a vitamin deficiency, they may perform additional blood tests to determine the exact type of deficiency. Such tests include an antibodies test or a methylmalonic acid test.

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Madeline Hlobik

Madeline is a Senior at UCLA majoring in Human Biology & Society with a minor in Spanish. She's currently a Healthcare Research Analyst at Mira, writing content for the blog to help the public better understand certain medical issues, technologies, testings, and the importance of healthcare.

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