Policy number:
2016-2-8
Convention:
2016
Preamble:
WHEREAS the British Columbia Medical Association Guidelines and protocol for Vitamin D testing was changed in June 2013 to ’Vitamin D testing is NOT needed’ when the Vitamin D testing protocol previously included testing for those with bone loss or gut disorders to determine if Vitamin D deficiency was the underlying cause and

WHEREAS Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorous
absorption, facilitates normal immune system function, and is important for the growth and development of bones as low levels of vitamin D can speed up bone loss and increase the risk of fractures and

WHEREAS Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with diabetes, hypertension, rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, cognitive impairment in the elderly, depression, colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, and lupus as different tissues in the body have Vitamin D receptors, including the heart, kidneys, colon, brain, muscle and immune cells, which indicate they need Vitamin D to function properly.

Policy:
That the National Pensioners’ Federation urge the Federal Government to require Vitamin D testing as recommended by the Vitamin D Council and informed MD’s when conditions such as with diabetes, hypertension, rickets, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, cognitive impairment in the elderly, depression, colorectal cancer, multiple sclerosis, and lupus are identified, helping to prevent disease conditions and consequences to patients, families and cost to the healthcare system.

Section:
Health