Vitamins are organic compounds which are important for the survival of an individual. The term is derived from vital amines, since vitamins are essential for life and were thought to be derived from amines. Vitamins can be fat soluble or water soluble. Vitamin D is fat soluble that helps in the absorption of calcium. Deficiency of vitamin D can lead to several disorders and diseases such as rickets and osteoporosis. Therefore, the testing of vitamin level is important. The various sources of vitamin D include egg yolk, fish, and fortified milk. The skin can synthesize vitamin D upon exposure to sunlight, making it a natural source.
The global vitamin D testing market is estimated to expand at a significant growth rate during the forecast period. Vitamin D deficiency can cause several diseases and disorders such as rickets and skin pigmentation. Deficiency of the vitamin in pregnant women can cause serious effects to both the mother and the new born.
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Thus, rise in awareness about the ill effects of vitamin D deficiency is one of the important factors propelling the growth of the global vitamin D testing market. Furthermore, rise in elderly population associated with increase in chronic illnesses, diabetes, and other rare diseases; robust R&D; increase in health care expenditure; and government initiatives are the factors driving the growth of the global Vitamin D Testing market. However, high cost of the test and lack of awareness in some developing countries can restrain the Vitamin D Testing market growth during the forecast period.
Many players engaged in vitamin D testing are adopting strategies such as product development, commercialization, and geographical expansion. Prominent players operating in the global vitamin D testing market are Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, F. Hoffmann La-Roche Ltd., Abbott Laboratories, and Siemens Healthcare GmbH.