A survey conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation found that almost half of adults in the U.K. did not know they should be taking Vitamin D supplements during the autumn and winter months. Around 40% of people who attend a Randox Health clinic have low Vitamin D, with almost a quarter of those with low levels being classed as deficient. With this in mind, we thought it appropriate to discuss how a simple Vitamin D blood test can help prevent pains, aches and risk of future illness.
The Risks of Low Vitamin D
Blood levels of Vitamin D should not fall below 25 nmol/L, as below this level the risk of damage to your bones and muscles increases.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to:
- Musculoskeletal problems, including loss of bone strength
- Bone pain
- Muscle aches
Some additional studies have shown associations between low Vitamin D and depression, a bigger risk of cardiovascular diseases, and increased susceptibility to infections. Therefore, ensuring an optimal Vitamin D level is vital for health and wellbeing.
How to get Vitamin D
Vitamin D is made in the skin following exposure to sunlight, and for most people this is the primary source. When sunlight is limited (e.g. during the winter months) or when exposure is limited (e.g. limited time spent outdoors), dietary sources become more important.
Vitamin D can be found in:
- Cod liver oil
Get Checked Out
Vitamin D is not the only important vitamin we need, you can also get a full overview of the levels of all essential vitamins and minerals that help prevent or manage deficiencies in your body such as Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, and Total Iron Binding Capacity, with our Vitamins and Minerals Profile test.