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Vitamin D deficiency is a condition that happens when a person isn't getting enough vitamin D, which is needed for strong bones and overall health.
Read the basics about genetics, including how certain illnesses, or increased risks for certain illnesses, pass from generation to generation.
Doctors order basic blood chemistry tests to assess a wide range of conditions and the function of organs.
An alanine aminotransferase (ALT) blood test is often part of an initial screening for liver disease.
An aspartate aminotransferase (AST) blood test is often part of an initial screening for liver problems.
A basic metabolic panel (BMP), commonly ordered as part of routine medical exam, is a set of blood tests that gives information about sugar (glucose) and calcium levels, kidney function, and electrolyte and fluid balance.
Doctors may order bilirubin blood tests for infants or older kids if they see signs of the skin taking on the yellow discoloration known as jaundice.
The complete blood count (CBC) is the most common blood test. It analyzes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) blood test helps evaluate kidney and liver function, sugar (glucose) and protein levels in the blood, and electrolyte and fluid balance.
Testing for GGT helps doctors look for problems with the liver or bile ducts.