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Vanadium Icp/Ms Blood

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Vanadium Icp/Ms Blood

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A metallic element with the atomic symbol V, atomic number 23, and atomic weight 50.94. It is used in the manufacture of vanadium steel. Prolonged exposure can lead to chronic intoxication caused by absorption usually via the lungs.

Vanadium is an essential metallic element present in the environment in low levels and often used to manufacture steel. Studies have shown that it is essential for mammalian growth and reproduction. There is a low risk of suffering from a deficiency in vanadium; however, vanadium toxicity can occur and in some cases at fairly low intake levels. Vanadium is a recognized occupation hazard and exposure primarily occurs via inhalation or ingestion. Vanadium is a mineral. It was named for the Norse goddess of beauty, Vanadis, because of its beautiful colors. Vanadium supplements are used as medicine. Vanadium is used for treating prediabetes and diabetes, low blood sugar, high cholesterol, heart disease, tuberculosis, syphilis, a form of "tired blood" (anemia), and water retention (edema); for improving athletic performance in weight training; and for preventing cancer.

Vanadium is LIKELY SAFE in adults, if less than 1.8 mg per day is taken. At higher doses, such as those used to treat diabetes, vanadium frequently causes unwanted side effects including abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, nausea, and gas. It can also cause a greenish tongue, loss of energy, and problems with the nervous system.

Vanadium is UNSAFE when used in large amounts and for a long time. This increases the risk of serious side effects including kidney damage.

Vanadium might lower blood sugar. People with diabetes should check their blood sugar carefully and watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Vanadium is LIKELY SAFE in children when taken in amounts found in foods. Don't give children supplements. Not enough is known about the safety of these larger doses in children.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Vanadium Icp/Ms Blood. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Vanadium Icp/Ms Blood.

No Preparation is required - Non fasting.

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