A vitamin D deficiency can have serious consequences for your health. How you can recognize it and why it is worth doing a blood test.
Every cell in your body has a receptor for vitamin D. That’s why it’s more of a hormone than a vitamin and very important for your holistic well-being. If you have a deficiency of the sun vitamin, this is accompanied by a number of symptoms.
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms
The following symptoms can occur in the event of a deficiency:
- Mood low
- Decreased libido
- Menstrual cycle disorder
- Dry skin
- Hair loss
- Back pain
- Sleep problems
- Weakened immune system, Common diseases
- Slowed wound healing
You see, they are quite common complaints. They can potentially have various causes. However, you can only find out whether you actually have a vitamin D deficiency by taking a blood test.
Blood values: when is it a vitamin D deficiency?
According to the Robert Koch Institute, a good vitamin D supply starts at 30 ng/ml. On average, we only just reach these values in Germany, even in the summer months. So we are a vitamin D deficient country. Therefore, the probability that you are also affected is high.
An optimal vitamin D level should be between 30 – 60 ng/ml.
- if less than 20 ng/ml, there is a vitamin D deficiency
- at 20 to 30 ng/ml there is no optimal supply
- 30 to 60 ng/ml are considered optimal values
- 60 to 90 ng/ml are already classified as high values
- at 90 to 150 ng/ml there is an oversupply
- at levels above 150 ng/ml there is a risk of vitamin D poisoning
Vitamin D deficiency: Are you at increased risk?
There are several factors that can increase your risk for vitamin D deficiency. Consider if you are in any of the following situations. You are at increased risk of one if you
- You are older than 65 years. As you age, your skin is less able to make vitamin D from sunlight.
- Exposing your skin to sunlight infrequently because you stay indoors, cover up outdoors, use sunscreen or live in a place where there is little sunlight
- have dark skin, which makes less vitamin D from sunlight
- Suffer from a disease that makes it difficult to absorb nutrients from food, such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease.
- Have kidney or liver disease that affects your ability to convert vitamin D into a form your body can use
- you are taking certain medications that affect your vitamin D levels, such as glucocorticoids (= cortisone) and anti-epileptic drugs.
Vitamin D deficiency? Do the test
Ultimately, it’s always important to get your blood work. You can have this done at the doctor’s office or at a lab. You can also measure your vitamin D supply quickly and conveniently with a test kit. A Vitamin D rapid test gives you accurate results within minutes. The quick test is used to determine your vitamin D concentration in the blood.
At Ogaenics, we have an innovative rapid test that guides you through the entire testing process with a vitamin D app on your smartphone. This requires only a minimal amount of blood from the fingertip, which is applied to the test cassette and then evaluated by your smartphone. The concentration of vitamin D (25-OH-D) in the blood is measured, which makes the test strip react in color so that the smartphone can evaluate and display the result. It could not be simpler!