Markers tested for At Home Inflammation and Vitamin D Test: hs-CRP, Vitamin D
What is C-reactive protein (CRP)?
The C reactive protein is produced in liver and its levels rise in the blood in response to inflammation in the body. It is an excellent marker for inflammations that have no visible symptoms. Read more about CRP, Inflammation, and Risk of Heart Disease.
Why measure hs-CRP and Vitamin D?
A standard CRP assay can detect inflammation caused by infections or chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel syndrome, certain types of cancers, fibrosis, sleep apnea, hypertension, and diabetes.
However, the high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) blood test is more sensitive than a standard test and can detect low levels of inflammation. These low CRP levels are indicator of inflammation in the blood vessels, and the hs-CRP test is very useful to evaluate risks of developing heart diseases, especially for those with family history of heart problems or previous strokes. The American Heart Association says increase in irregular heartbeats among older patients shows high CRP levels. A blood test of C-reactive protein can help assess the onset of atrial fibrillation (or irregular heartbeat) that eventually leads “to less illness, fewer deaths, and lower health related costs”.
Those with low Vitamin D levels also tend to have higher inflammation as Vitamin D affects immune system and inhibits inflammation. Therefore, this test also measures Vitamin D levels to validate whether higher hs-CRP levels are due to insufficient Vitamin D in the body.
How to get tested for Inflammation and Vitamin D?
The easiest low-cost way to get tested for Vitamin D and Inflammation is from the convenience of your home. Simply order a Vitamin D and Inflammation test kit, collect a few drops of blood on a tissue paper, send your sample to our CLIA-certified labs, and find out your Vitamin D and hs-CRP levels in less than a week. Using only couple of drops of blood with a finger prick, this blood test to determine inflammation in the body is as simple as it gets.
A short description of the CRP test is available at Mayo Clinic. For the role of hs-CRP in cardiovascular diseases, see WebMD’s page on CRP test. The report by American Heart Association showing an increase in CRP levels with onset of irregular heartbeat is available here. If desired, you can also order an at-home Vitamin D test separately.
For a detailed reference on Vitamin D, the causes of low Vitamin D levels, symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency, Vitamin D testing using a blood sample, for reasons to get your Vitamin D levels tested, the convenience of an at-home Vitamin D test, the advantages of Vitamin D testing, and role of Vitamin D in bone and muscle health, depression, frequent infections, chronic back and neck pain, and such, please visit our blog page on: All About Vitamin D.
Q: Can I purchase the test across US?
A: Except New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Maryland our tests are available in all 46 states. State regulations in NY, NJ, RI, and MD do not allow us to ship the tests to their residents.
Q: What does the kit contain and how do I use it?
A: The kit for our Vitamin D and Inflammation test at home contains a blood card to collect few droplets of blood, a pair of lancets for finger-pricking, instructions on how to collect the sample, and a form requesting basic information including date and time of collection. The directions are straight forward and easy to follow.
Q: How long does it take to receive the results?
A: You will receive the kit within 3-5 business days with a prepaid return envelope. After you ship the sample and it is received by our lab, you get the results within 5 business days.
Q: What do I expect from the report?
A: The report with your test results will be easy to understand and will have all the necessary details. It will mark your Vitamin D and hs-CRP levels on a range expected for healthy levels. The report will also specify what are the expected low and high ranges. It will briefly discuss what your numbers mean and what next steps should be taken to maintain healthy Vitamin D and hs-CRP levels.
Q: Can I use my insurance to pay for the test?
A: You can use HSA (or FSA/MSA/HRA) accounts to pay for the tests since these are prescription tests (for further confirmation, please check the IRS publication#969). However, please ensure you are not going outside your specified max and min deductible limits. We do not have the capability to process the insurance claim. Insurance plans vary by individuals, therefore we can not guarantee your HSA payment will always be processed by your plan. Please talk to your insurance provider if you have any further concerns.
Q: How reliable are my results?
A: We have partnered with CLIA-certified labs that are used by physicians across the US. These labs are regulated by the states, as well as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Majority of the tests from these labs are FDA approved to ensure they meet the proper regulatory requirements. Additionally, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) requires inter-laboratory tests to ensure the ranges established by each lab do not drift or are not out of acceptable ranges. This is done by regularly testing reference samples between different labs. Finally, the labs test thousands of sample for different age groups and health conditions, and have well established reference data to compare your results against this large pool.
Q: Can you recommend what therapy should I take if my levels are high or low?
A: Unfortunately, no. As a lab test provider we can only test and report out data from your samples. We are not authorized to provide any medical recommendations. But we strongly encourage you to discuss the results with your doctor for next steps. For checking for inflammation, the CDC recommends testing hs-CRP levels twice within a period of two weeks to check for chronic inflammation.
Reasons to Check
5 reasons to know your hs-CRP and Vitamin D levels:
- A quick Inflammation and Vitamin D test ordered online from your home can help you check for low levels of inflammations that otherwise have no visible symptoms.
- At-home Inflammation and Vitamin D test from RxHomeTest.com measures inflammation in the body and can help you understand the potential cardiovascular risks arising from any inflammation of coronary arteries and potential heart diseases.
- High levels of CRP are indicators of several autoimmune diseases that result in chronic inflammation not easily identifiable in any other way.
- An at-home Vitamin D and inflammation test can help you assess your Vitamin D and hs-CRP levels right from the comfort of your home.
- Better health results in better quality of life, and a single at-home Inflammation and Vitamin D test from RxHomeTest.com can offer insight not only into various health symptoms, but it can serve as a motivation to treat each of these symptoms and have a better quality of life!
Why with Us?
7 reasons to order an at-home Inflammation and Vitamin D test kit from RxHomeTest.com:
Dry blood test (needs just few drops with a finger prick)
World class CLIA-certified labs
Physician reviewed results
Fast, secure, and confidential reports
Qualifies for payment using HSA/FSA
No lab visits or doctor appointments
Still wondering where to get a Inflammation and Vitamin D test?
- Each at-home health test from RxHomeTest.com includes a physician’s prescription and review of the final results. All orders include a detailed report with your Inflammation and Vitamin D blood test results explained clearly in a manner that you can understand. If you think your C-reactive protein is high, this low cost is test is the best way to find out.
- RxHomeTest.com is one of the best places to measure inflammation in the body as we process your tests at some of the best CLIA-Certified labs that other physicians use but no lab or doctor visit is required. So rest assured that your blood test to check hs-CRP and Vitamin D levels is being processed in a world class lab.
- RxHomeTest.com offers one of the best tests for Inflammation and Vitamin D with convenient, confidential, and reliable results at some of the lowest prices in the market.
- At-home Inflammation and Vitamin D test is quick and easy, can be ordered online, and doesn’t require a doctor’s visit or prescription. This saves time and money on visits to the doctor and the lab.
- The at-home Inflammation and Vitamin D test ordered at RxHomeTest.com, requires just few drops of blood using a finger-prick (instead of vials of blood taken through venipuncture). The test includes a doctor’s prescription and review, two day free return shipping, and you get results within a week.