Vitamin D

Vitamin D is used to help regulate the amount of phosphate and calcium in the body. These nutrients are needed to keep skin, teeth, muscle, and bones healthy as well as for a strong immune system. Vitamin D is also important for your mental health as a vitamin D deficiency is linked to depression.

Reasons for my level to change:

The body is able to create all its vitamin D needed when the skin is exposed to the sun light. During winter and autumn, it is very common to have a lower vitamin D level due to a lower sun exposure. This can put you at risk of developing a deficiency. Although it is possible to get vitamin D from foods like fish, egg, beef, or liver, it is hard to get enough this way. Some individuals might also be at a higher risk of developing a deficiency if they:

When should I get tested?

Not getting enough Vitamin D to stay healthy can cause fatigue, muscle, and bone pain, and can pose a greater likeliness of illness. In particular it was found that the most common symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency include: