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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is important for more than just bones. It plays a role in immunity as well as reducing risks from certain cancers. Don’t wait until it is too late. Get tested. Take control of your health.

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STATISTICS

1 in 5

People living in Africa have inadequate levels of vitamin D

 

50%

Of the global population have vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus; both are critical for building bone.

The body’s production of vitamin D is triggered by exposure to sunlight.

Getting the required amount of vitamin D can help prevent and treat several health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, infections, cardiovascular diseases, multiple sclerosis, and some cancers such as colon, prostate, and breast cancer.

Signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include:

  • Frequent illness or infections
  • Fatigue and tiredness
  • Bone and back pain
  • Depression
  • Impaired wound healing
  • Bone loss
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle pain
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety

Food Sources of Vitamin D

Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)

Eggs

Cheese

Mushrooms

Cod liver oil

Beef liver

Vit D fortified diary products, cereals and juices

Orange juice fortified with vit D

Benefits of Vitamin D

  1. Prevent bone fractures
  2. Prevent falls in older people and osteoporosi
  3. Reduce the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer
  4. Reduce the risk of diabetes, especially in young people and in those living in high altitude
  5. Protect against heart disease, including high blood pressure and heart failure
  1. Reduce your risk for multiple sclerosis
  2. Improve your mood
  3. Improve your lung function
  4. Maintain normal muscle function

Risk factors related to Vitamin D deficiency

Dark skin (which doesn't absorb the sunlight as well as light skin)

Lack of exposure to sunlight

Excessive use of sunscreen

Obesity

History of medical conditions that interfere with your body's ability to absorb fat, such as cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, or pancreatitis

Certain medications (e.g anti-seizure drugs or steroids)

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about this test, here are some questions that we usually get asked.

Still need answers?

Is the sun the main source of vitamin D?

While the body can produce vitamin D on its own when bare skin is exposed to sunlight, the majority of people can get enough from foods which have been fortified with Vitamin D and from supplements.

Does sunscreen affect the amount of vitamin D I get from the sun?

Studies have shown that even people who apply sunscreen to their skin every day still manage to maintain adequate levels of Vitamin D because the body naturally disposes of excess Vitamin D anyway.

Can a person have too much vitamin D?

It is possible to have too much vitamin D. This most commonly occurs when people take too many vitamin D supplements.

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