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Vitamin D

What does your body use Vitamin D for?

Vitamin D is essential in the regulation of calcium and phosphate balance and thus plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy bone and muscle.

Vitamin D deficiency has long known to be associated with rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Rickets is characterised by bone deformity such as bowing of the legs and features of oseomalacia include muscular or bone pains and weakness of the shoulders and hips.

Concerningly, the UK prevalence of rickets and osteomalacia is on the rise. A number of factors may be responsible, but increasing use of high factor suntan lotion, which block Vitamin D synthesis by the skin, is probably the most important.

Vitamin D insufficiency has also been a hot topic in the medical press having been linked to a host of conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cancer. However, these associations require substantiation by further research before robust medical conclusions can be drawn.

Your check for Vitamin D levels

Your Vitamin D test examines the level of Vitamin D (25-OH) in your blood.

How to prepare

You do not need to fast prior to your test but you are advised to wear loose fitting clothing as we will need to take a blood sample.

How much does it cost?

Your check for your Vitamin D levels costs just £29 – call us on 0800 652 2173 to book today.

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