Vitamin D plays a huge role in the healthy development of our bones. Without the nutrient, the body is at risk of developing rickets (in children) and osteoporosis (in adults). This is because vitamin D works cohesively with calcium to develop and strengthen bones.
The warning signs and symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency are not always obvious and can go unnoticed for periods of time. This is why it is important to test your vitamin D levels.
What Are the Risks That Come with Low Vitamin D Levels?
The risks can be different for adults and children. Children can develop more severe health issues if they lack vitamin D which is why it is vital to ensure they are getting enough of the nutrient and hormone.
Lack in adults may look like:
- Hair loss
- Mood changes (depression)
- Muscle pain
- Gum disease
Lack in children may look like:
- Muscle pain
- Bone pain
How Do I Test My Vitamin Levels?
You can test your vitamin D levels by going to your GP’s office and have them take a blood test or you can conveniently purchase a test online and do it yourself at home.
The home testing kit is a fast and effective way to check on your vitamin levels without going to your GP’s surgery.
It works by taking a sample of your blood (using instructional guidance provided), sending it off to a lab, or having it collected to be examined, and receiving the results usually in 5 working days. It will often come in a report format which can break down your vitamin D levels to ensure you have a clear understanding if you are at risk of developing a deficiency.
What Are the Benefits of The Test?
Taking a vitamin D blood test allows you to see your vitamin levels and will show if you have a deficiency, are at risk of a deficiency, or have healthy levels.
If the results show you may be at risk of or already have a deficiency, you can start to make some changes in order to increase your vitamin levels.
How To Increase Vitamin D Levels?
- Spend more time in the sun – this is the best source of Vitamin D
- Consume more seafood such as tuna, salmon etc
- Drink cow’s milk and orange juice
- Take a vitamin D supplement
Taking a vitamin D level test at home is an extremely easy and effective way to be aware of your vitamin levels. As it is not always easy to spot a lack in vitamins, it is always best to take a test. This way, you can prevent health issues from arising such as poor bone health and muscle pain. There are ways you can increase your levels if you do happen to have a deficiency that are safe and effective. You can also always contact a GP/any medical professional for further advice on this.