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Vitamin D Deficiency

Your blood results show that you are low in vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency).

Vitamin D is important in keeping our bones healthy, our muscles working properly, our immune system functioning normally as well as many other important roles in the body.

 

We have issued a prescription for Vitamin D replacement to your nominated pharmacy.  This should be taken ONCE A WEEK for 6 weeks unless otherwise stated after which time, you should start an over-the-counter supplement (see below).

 

Increasing your vitamin D

 

Our body makes most of the vitamin D we need from sunlight, but through the winter months when there is not much sun, it is important that we get vitamin D from our diet. You can do this by eating healthily and choosing the right foods.

 

Vitamin D rich foods:

 

  • oily fish – mackerel, sardines, salmon
  • red meat
  • eggs
  • it is also added to some cereals and some spreads

 

Vitamin D supplements

 

Most of us will benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement through the winter, but this is especially important when your vitamin D is low.  You should take a supplement containing 25 mcgr (1000 IU) of vitamin D. This is available without prescription from your pharmacy.

 

Get out as much as possible when the sun is shining*. Going for a brisk walk in the sunshine contributes towards your recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week (60 minutes a day for young people aged 5-18), improves your mental and physical health, helps you sleep better, strengthens your bones and muscles as well as boosting your vitamin D!

 

* In the summer, you should take care to avoid sunburn which increases the risk of skin cancer.

 

If you can’t get outside, then it is even more important that you take a vitamin D supplement throughout the year and get plenty of vitamin D in your diet.

 

Please see the link below for more information

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

 

If you have any questions about this advice or need any further help taking these important steps to better health and well-being, please contact the surgery to speak to a GP