At Risk For Low Vitamin D?

About 70% of the population has low levels of vitamin D, though most don't realize it.

The 'Sunshine' Vitamin

Vitamin D is sometimes referred to as the sunshine vitamin, since our primary source is from exposure to the sun. Vitamin D is best known for helping to support strong bones, but more recent research has shown vitamin D to support a number of other important functions as well.

Vitamin D Helps Support

  • Immune System
  • Muscle Function
  • Cardiovascular Function
  • Respiratory System
  • Brain Development
  • Bone Strength

Why It Matters

Associated Risks

While there is still much that is unknown about vitamin D, research has linked lower levels of vitamin D to a variety of health issues, including the following:

  • Decreased bone strength
  • Prostate cancer
  • Increased Inflammation
  • Heart disease
  • Dementia
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Depression

Groups at Higher Risk

While an individual who regularly spends time outdoors during the day is able to produce a healthy amount of vitamin D from exposure to sun, there are many who do not get enough Vitamin D from exposure to the sun alone. A number of factors, ranging from how much sun exposure you actually get, to how efficiently your body processes that exposure into Vitamin D, leads to certain people being at higher risk for having low vitamin D levels, or Vitamin D deficiency. If you have darker skin, spend a large part of the day inside, are elderly, obese, or have other genetic predispositions, you may be at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency.

The only accurate way to find out if you have low vitamin D is to get a blood test.

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Baseline includes a test for vitamin D in addition to advanced cardiovascular and lipid panels, liver and kidney health, inflammation, and more.

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How To Increase Your Vitamin D

If you determine your vitamin D levels are low, there are a several simple ways to increase yours to a healthy level. You can create it through exposing unprotected skin to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays of sunlight – this could be just 15 minutes for a very fair skinned person, but a couple of hours or more for a dark skinned person – and by eating foods high in vitamin D to absorb them into the intestines. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, and is best absorbed when eaten with fat-containing foods. Many people can not get enough vitamin D on a regular basis from food sources alone though, so another option is to consider taking a vitamin D supplement.