“This fatigue must be because of Vitamin D deficiency, I have told you a couple of times to get yourself tested”; my friend preached me when I was dealing with very low energy level. Finally, I decided to get myself checked and to my surprise, I was diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency. It was below the normal deficiency level. That explained the severe lack of energy.
Despite making healthy choices (though they are not mostly), we need to ask ourselves if there is anything we are doing wrong?
Any guesses? Ok! Let me tell you! We do miss things that are quite obvious. We ignore the fact that Vitamin D is a vital element for human health and we don’t realize that we are missing a walk in sunshine. You know, even if you are taking foods rich in Vitamin D, it can’t be active if you are not spending time in the sunshine.
Vitamin D is much more common than most people think. According to one research “3 out of 4 people are Vitamin D deficient”, says Dr. Omar Chughtai, Director Operations at Chughtai Lab while addressing to the team.
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D deficiency causes
- Muscle weakness
- Poor skin health
- Weak immune system
Risks Associated with Vitamin D Deficiency
For many people these symptoms look fine, as they think it is a common thing to happen. Without having these symptoms, low levels of Vitamin D is associated with the following risk factors:
- Increased risk of death from heart disease
- Increased risk of blood pressure
- Risk of diabetes
- Cognitive impairment in elderly
- Severe asthma in children
If you feel that you are having these symptoms, talk to your doctor. He will possibly recommend you a blood test. Blood test is one of the best ways to determine your Vitamin D level. At Chughtai Lab, Vitamin D test is conducted on a daily basis and you can get your Vitamin D test result within a few hours.
How can you assess your Vitamin D report?
Normally scale is incorporated in the reports that can guide you about your Vitamin D level. At Chughtai Lab, we believe that lab reports should be easy to understand. That is why we introduced colored scale for the lab reports, including reports for Vitamin D. The scale is shown below. If your value falls in red and yellow zone it means you are below normal level of Vitamin D and green zone means that your level of Vitamin D is normal.
How can you overcome Vitamin D deficiency?
- If you are Vitamin D deficient due to any reason, you should take foods that are rich in Vitamin D. For example eggs, vegetables, fish, milk and Portobello mushrooms.
- Sun exposure is also necessary with a balanced diet. Vitamin D activates in a human body on the basis of sun exposure. It is suggested to expose your skin with sunrays at least for 15 to 30 minutes.
In addition, there are some supplements available which that includes tablets and injections. After taking up some supplements on the recommendation of your consultant, you must go for a follow up test after 3 to 4 months for Vitamin D.
Do you know where you are on the Vitamin D scale? Get yourself checked now! For test details you can also call us at 03 111 456 789.