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Canadian Province Swamped With Vitamin D Testing Demand

Friday, July 10th, 2009

JULY 9, 2009 — Health officials in the Canadian Atlantic province of Newfoundland & Labrador say they are so overwhelmed with demand for vitamin D testing that they can no longer process the blood tests, the Canadian Broadcast Company reported on Tuesday.

2009-07-09-d-overload-tanningnews-copy.jpg“Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest health authority said Monday it won’t do any more general testing for vitamin D because its lab is being overwhelmed,” CBC reported. “In the last two years, Eastern Health authority has seen a 10-fold increase in people wanting to be tested for vitamin D deficiency. The request for tests has steadily climbed since July 2007, and peaked in January at 5,000 tests a month.”

According to CBC, “Eastern Health’s laboratory medicine director Lynn Wade said at $25 per test, it was costing a fortune to tell people that everyone in the province who isn’t taking a vitamin D supplement should be taking one.”

Newfoundland, in extreme Northeaster Canada, has a population at risk for vitamin D deficiency because of the weak sunlight most of the year. The network acknowledged that “Scientific studies have suggested vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, could protect against a number of illnesses including cancer and depression.”

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To read the CBC story click here.