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Sylvia asked...

My vitamin D levels are low.

I am a 53 year old female who has been advised that my vitamin D levels are low and prescribed me supplements; what causes this, could it be a symptom of something else going on in the body?

My cholesterol and blood sugars are all fine, HB is 15.1 so on the higher side, I am told though 17.1 seems to be a trigger factor - my GP is not concerned but is this just to be expected as I age?

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A Vitamin D deficiency is very common and usually undiagnosed; it is especially prevalent in the winter months. This is because Vitamin D is made within our skin utilizing Sunlight. It is not found naturally in foods, only oily fish contain it and some foods are fortified with it (have it added). Cod liver oil is a good way to increase your Vit D levels and of course getting out for 20-30mins in the sunlight.

Having low levels is not an indication of other problems it is just a deficiency.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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