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Vitamin D3 Deficiency Screening

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My vitamin D3 results came back from the screening test that Blue Cross Blue Shield would not pay for. Vitamin D3 deficiency is now linked to so many health problems. You'd think the insurance companies would gladly pay for the screening AND the supplements to proactively prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, cancer, and auto immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes type 1 and 2.

They have paid close to $200,000 for both of my rounds of cancer diagnoses, surgeries, radiation, and 4 years of chemotherapy. And 2 weeks ago they had to pay for ultasound to see if blood clots were causing my calves to swell.

While the report said nothing per se about obesity, I'm hoping this is the last piece to my efforts to get healthy and lose weight.

Makes you wonder what my Vitamin D 3 level was in 2007. Well, we know it is 13 now. Many experts consider normal levels to be 36 - 100 with the optimal health range between 50 and 80.

In everyone's defense, even I didn't expect to have a vitamin D deficiency since I live in Florida. But there you go. And I'm now taking 10,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily for 3 months when we will test again. I bet I will have to pay for that test, too.
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  • DIANE7786
    My Blue Cross pays for Vitamin D blood tests. It doesn't pay for the 10 year tetenus booster. I don't like shots and my doctor used to tell me that it was so important. Suddenly he says it's not!
    1939 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/23/2012 12:04:52 AM
    D & D, I do use sunscreen, but after 9:30. I'm out every morning walking the dog and doing yardwork without it between 7:00 and 8:45. After that, sunscreen goes on, even if I'm going to be indoors.

    This is probably a result of just not going out in the sun through all the chemo therapy. I was told to stay out of the sun or I would turn purple. Sounded like good advice at the time.

    I'm sure they will be able to remedy the deficiency. now that we know I have it. It just seems like a simple thing to do to test us for the deficiency and recommend a course of action when found. Seems like we could prevent a lot of health problems with just one test.
    1940 days ago
    Do you use sunscreen? If so it blocks the making of Vit. D, but I'd rather take a supplement than deal with the effects of the sun. I'm glad you at least now know you need to take the supplement.
    1940 days ago
    My doctor did a blood test last fall and included the D level and my insurance paid the whole bill without question. I take a liquid D3 (2,000) everyday to keep mine up. Good luck with getting yours up and hope you feel better once it is within a normal range.
    1940 days ago
    If you use sunscreens then you don't get enough of the sun, even here in Florida. As for the insurance I think that they are in cahoots with the pharmacy industry to keep us sick and always paying for the meds., Not having us well and not having preventive measures like good food and pure water, that is what they need to do but then they would not have a job either. So keep us sick and they will always have a job.
    1940 days ago
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