Excela Health laboratories are committed to providing high quality, cost effective laboratory services for Westmoreland County and beyond. Our goal is to provide excellent patient care through quality laboratory testing and commitment to customer service.
Our highly trained staff consists of seven board certified pathologists along with technical and lab support personnel, medical technologists, and others. Our full service labs feature histology, chemistry, blood bank, cytology, pathology, immunology, microbiology and hematology services. In the past year, we have performed over 3.15 million lab procedures and tests across the system.
Our labs are accredited by the College of American Pathologists, Joint Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Did You Know Nearly 60% of the Population Has a Vitamin D Deficiency?
Are you one of them?
A growing body of evidence shows that more and more of us are becoming Vitamin D deficient, putting ourselves at risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, depression and other major diseases. We can typically prevent it by getting sufficient amounts by two means: through dietary sources -- foods such as eggs, fortified milk, fish and cod liver oil -- and the sun. Even 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure a few times each week appears to be sufficient. But, those of us living in the Northeast may not have the good fortune of enjoying the sunshine as much as we'd like. And what we eat may need some closer attention. That's why it's important to learn the risks of Vitamin D deficiency as well as what we can do to prevent or correct it. As always, a good place to start is with your physician and by paying attention to your body's cues.
Charles J. Choi, MD explains the link between Vitamin D Deficiency and Osteoporosis.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Below are symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency, however, some people do not experience symptoms or the symptoms themselves may not present as a clear indication.
Those symptoms include:
- Poor concentration
- Chronic pain
- Bladder issues
- Constipation or diarrhea
- General muscle weakness, pain, muscle cramps
- Joint pain
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Restless sleep
Again, an important first step in learning if you are Vitamin D deficient is talking with your physician who may order a simple blood test to detect it.