Are You Getting Enough

VITAMIN D?

Vitamin D has a particularly important role in bone health by helping with calcium absorption.

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Optimise Your Health

As with all nutrients, our bodies need vitamin D from the environment (through food or sunlight in this case) to function properly. Vitamin D has a particularly important role in bone health by helping with calcium absorption. This is a very clear relationship as its classic deficiency symptoms are diseases of “soft bones” rickets in children and osteoporosis and fractures in adults.

However with the discovery of Vitamin D receptors in virtually every type of cell in the body, we have found that vitamin D affects many other parts of the body, like the immune system and the cardiovascular system.

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Live better, live longer!

This combination of health benefits may be why several studies have found that those with higher vitamin D blood levels live better for longer. So, we need vitamin D to build and keep our bones strong, but also to help the rest of our body function properly.

Unfortunately, research has consistently shown that most people don’t get enough of this important nutrient for a variety of reasons – where they live, what they eat, genetics, lifestyle factors, and more. This is why healthcare providers have been encouraging increasing Vitamin D intake alongside testing blood levels to make sure diets are delivering enough and that intake recommendations are being followed.

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What is the optimal Vitamin D range?

There is not yet a universally agreed upon “optimal” Vitamin D range, At Health Therapies, based on advice from our suppliers it is recommended aiming for a level of at least 30-50 ng/ML. The medical field see this as the “optimal range” where most of the health benefits from having a healthy Vitamin D level have been achieved.

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What is the optimal Vitamin D range?

There is not yet a universally agreed upon “optimal” Vitamin D range, At Health Therapies, based on advice from our suppliers it is recommended aiming for a level of at least 30-50 ng/ML. The medical field see this as the “optimal range” where most of the health benefits from having a healthy Vitamin D level have been achieved.

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The evidence for the 30 ng/Ml cut off is demonstrated by:

Lower risk of overall mortality – people with a blood level of 30ng/Ml and above had a lower risk of mortality.

Lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and Cancer Mortality.

Lower risk of death from all causes, cancer and (CVD) in individuals with a vitamin D blood of at least 30 ng/Ml

Lower risk for respiratory tract infections – those with vitamin D levels at or above 30ng/30Ml had the lowest risk of upper respiratory tract infections.

Lower risk of hip fractures and falls – older individuals who achieved a vitamin D blood level of least 30ng/Ml had a reduced risk of hip fractures.

Lower risk of preterm birth – pregnant women with levels of at least 30 ng/Ml were at the lowest risk of preterm birth, as well as babies born with low birth weight and small for gestational age.

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Vitamin D testing easy as 1-2-3

Vitamin D testing requires a minimal blood draw, which is sent to the lab for analysis. However, new advances in technology have paved the way for a simpler approach. Now, healthcare providers and patients can access an easy- to- use dried bloodspot test that requires a quick finger prick and a few drops of blood.

From those drops of blood, analysis of one’s vitamin D blood level can be easily, safely and accurately measured. Our suppliers Vitamin D blood level is equivalent to a plasma or serum total 25-hydroxyvitamin D level (both D2 and D3).

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Vitamin D testing easy as 1-2-3

Vitamin D testing requires a minimal blood draw, which is sent to the lab for analysis. However, new advances in technology have paved the way for a simpler approach. Now, healthcare providers and patients can access an easy- to- use dried bloodspot test that requires a quick finger prick and a few drops of blood.

From those drops of blood, analysis of one’s vitamin D blood level can be easily, safely and accurately measured. Our suppliers Vitamin D blood level is equivalent to a plasma or serum total 25-hydroxyvitamin D level (both D2 and D3).

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Following 3 simple steps can help healthcare providers and their patients achieve optimal levels of Vitamin D

1. MEASURE
exposure to sunlight, eating vitamin D rich foods and taking supplements does not guarantee that one’s blood level will be in the desirable range – it must be measured

2. MODIFY
Vitamin D test results will give individuals and their healthcare providers the right information to personalize intake.

3. MONITOR
Confirm that one’s Vitamin D level has improved with dietary and lifestyle changes by retesting every four months.

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Vitamin D sources

Vitamin D3 is the type that is produced when the body is exposed to sunlight. It can also be found in Salmon, Tuna and Herring, Cheese, Egg yolks, milk, orange juice and cereal, and beef liver.

SUPPLEMENTAL VITAMIN D
Comes in two forms: D2 (Vegan) or D3 (an animal based) they both come in doses up to 5000IU per capsule. Pharmaceutical vitamin D is in the D2 form and comes in a 50,000 IU dose to be taken once per week under doctors supervision.

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