What is the best measure of vitamin d in laboratory testing for african americans?

Asked by  erinprokop40215400 on April 13, 2015

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  • erinprokop40215400
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    See title

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  • IAW
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    I think you are asking what is the best vitamin d level for an African American on a 25 OHD vitamin D blood test. It is the same no matter what your skin color is. We at the Vitamin D Council promote a minimum level of 50 ng/ml (125nmol/l). Now if you try and get your Vitamin D thru sunshine it takes those with darker skin color more time in the sun to get to the same level as someone with lighter skin tone.

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  • erinprokop40215400
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    I have read that measuring a 1,25 (OH) vit D in african americans is a more accurate reflection of their vitamin d levels than the 25, OH. Not sure if this matters. Thanks.

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  • IAW
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    Not true! High 1,25 OHD levels mean you are Vitamin D deficient. The only way to measure Vitamin D correctly is the 25OHD.

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  • birthao70348500
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    What about that study published in 2013 that said blacks have lower inaccurate measurements on the standard test?

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  • IAW
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    The following was the VDC response to that study http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/blog/does-vitamin-d-testing-misdiagnose-african-americans/.

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