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Beta Carotene Blood Test

Quick Overview

This test is used to determine if an individual has Carotene (also known as beta carotene) deficiencies.

Test #311


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Also Known As Beta-Carotene; Carotene
Preparation Fasting for 12 hours required. Refrain from consuming alcohol 24 hours before the collection.
Test Results 7-8 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The fat soluble nutrient, beta-carotene,  is a precursor to vitamin A. Having a beta carotene deficiency may lead to a vitamin A deficiency.

An excess of vitamin A intake may induce headaches, loss of appetite, nausea, and diarrhea, skin changes and potential congenital disabilities.

Beta-carotene is found in certain foods and breaks down to become vitamin A in the body.

Your provider may order this test if you have signs that your vitamin A level may be too low, such as:

  • Bones or teeth that do not develop correctly
  • Dry or inflamed eyes
  • Feeling more irritable
  • Loss of Hair
  • Loss of appetite
  • Recurring infections
  • Rashes on the skin
  • Problems seeing at night

The test can also be used to help measure how well your body absorbs fats.

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