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Vitamin D Benefits and How Can I Test for Its Deficiency?

vitamin d low symptoms, lack of sunYou probably heard about vitamin D and asked yourself—“What Vitamin D is good for?” or "What are the signs of vitamin D deficiency?" Historically Vitamin D was known as a nutrient your body needs for building and maintaining healthy bones. This is still correct as your body can only absorb calcium, the primary part of bones, in the presence of Vitamin D.

You and your Thyroid

Your Thyroid function tests checklistThe thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland whose name comes from the Greek word for "shield." It is a small gland that weighs less than an ounce and sits at the base of your neck below your Adam’s Apple. The thyroid's job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and control your metabolism—the process of converting food into energy.

How to spot Anemia at home?

decreased red blood cells in complete blood count (CBC) testAnemia is a condition in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body's tissues. Having anemia can make you feel tired and weak, have headaches and brain fog, cold hands and feet, and even shortness of breath. Almost 6% of the U.S. population is affected by anemia. Women, young children, and people with long-term diseases are more likely to have anemia.

What is the difference between cancer screening and hereditary cancer tests?

Cancer ribonYou know your body the best and may notice some changes with it. If you suspect that you might have cancer, certain cancer blood tests can help raise some red flags and guide the diagnosis. Except for blood cancers, most cancer screening tests generally can't absolutely tell whether you have cancer or some other noncancerous condition, but they can give clues about what's is happening inside your body.