Sun, sea and Vitamin D !

On average, I probably see at least 3-5 new patients diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency every DAY. It’s incredibly common now to see this in community pharmacies up…



On average, I probably see at least 3-5 new patients diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency every DAY.

It’s incredibly common now to see this in community pharmacies up and down the country.

So why do you need Vitamin D?

The biggest reason is that vitamin D helps you absorb calcium.

And why do you need calcium?

To make bones and teeth.

Unless you don’t need bones and you prefer wiggling on the floor like a snake!

The reason low vitamin D levels is so common in the UK is mainly due to the lack of strong sunshine.

This is made worse if people are covered up for cultural or religious reasons, housebound…etc.

Vitamin D is a strange vitamin because it is made by the action of UV rays from the sun on your skin;

It is a unique vitamin in that sense.

So what happens if your vitamin D levels drop too low?

Well you absorb less calcium for starters.

And when your body senses this drop in calcium levels, it simply starts to dissolve your bone to free up some calcium.  So your bones weaken and you become more prone to breaking bones.

There is other research showing vitamin D as a prevention for multiple sclerosis and Alzheimers; so it’s benefits may well extend beyond just bone health.

But before you hit the pharmacy and start popping vitamin D pills, get your levels tested.

This is a simple blood test available at your GP.  Especially if you are among the “at risk” groups:

These include:

Small children, those over 65, people with darker skin and those with low exposure to the sun.

Till next time

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