Why is having an optimal level of Vitamin D important?
Vitamin D has a very important role to play in supporting the Immune System and
protecting us from cancer.
1) It boosts the activity of immune cells that fight infection and target cancer cells
• Evidence suggests that COVID-19 risk and severity is increased in Vitamin D deficiency
• A study of over 19,000 adults & adolescents found those with lowest Vitamin D levels were 40% more likely to develop a common cold
• A study involving 34,000 postmenopausal women found an 11% lower risk of developing breast cancer (a disease of the immune system) in those with higher Vitamin D levels (Robin K et. Al, 2007).
2) Vitamin D is also important for the health of our bones as we age
Studies have found 3-4 times higher osteoarthritis progression in those with lower levels of Vitamin D (McAlindon et al, 1996 & Felson et al, 2000). Bone and joint pain may be worsened by insufficient Vitamin D levels
3) Vitamin D has many other supportive roles in the body
There is lots of evidence that Vitamin D supports many of our bodily functions as we have receptors all over the body. It is also shown to be helpful in supporting mood – low levels have been implicated in depression and are thought to be part of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Vitamin D is also supportive of heart health (via it’s role in calcium metabolism).
You will receive the testing kit through the post. It is the most simple test on the market and requires a finger-prick blood test (using a specially designed single-use lancet). You then need to provide only 4 drops of blood, that you put onto a card. You then send this off in the post to the laboratory (postage fee is included).
Once you receive your test result, you are requested to contact me to arrange your follow-up appointment which will take place on zoom. You will need to complete a brief form in advance of your appointment.
At your appointment (which will take approximately 20 minutes), I will advise you on your next steps and supplemental regime (if required).
I look forward to speaking with you! Michelle 🙂