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Vitamin D Insufficiency

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

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.


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



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.