Vitamin D Testing and Optimisation

Your Optimum Vitamin D Level

It is estimated that up to 85 percent of people have insufficient levels of vitamin D and are unaware of their deficient state.

While conventional media and medicine promote sun avoidance, and use sun screen lotions, doing so can actually put your health in grave danger and cause vitamin D deficiency.

People living in Ireland Do NOT receive appropriate levels of Sunlight to maintain the minimum level of Vit. D and are strongly advised to test their levels and take a professionally calculated dosage of Vit. D with co-factors.

The Role of Vitamin D in Disease Prevention

A growing body of evidence shows that vitamin D plays a crucial role in disease prevention and maintaining optimal health. There are about 30,000 genes in your body, and vitamin D affects nearly 3,000 of them, as well as vitamin D receptors located throughout your body.

According to one large-scale study, optimal vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60 percent. Keeping your levels optimised can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers. Moreover, vitamin D can build your defences against cancer by:

Enhancing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which can replicate and cause cancer)

Slowing down the production and spread of cancer cells

Helping in the differentiation of cells (cancer cells are not differentiated)

Preventing the formation of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones (this can help stop the progress of benign tumours into cancerous ones)

Vitamin D can also help reduce the risk of other conditions as well, including type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness), and Alzheimer’s disease.

While scientists refer to vitamin D as a vitamin, it is actually a steroid hormone obtained from sun exposure, food sources, and supplementation. Common types of vitamin D are vitamin D2 and D3. Compared to D2, vitamin D3 is 87 percent more effective, and is the preferred form for addressing insufficient levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D CoFactors

When supplementing vitamin D, it is important to make sure you are getting the right amount of calcium and magnesium. Also zinc, boron, vitamin A and vitamin K2. These nutrients work together with vitamin D. Without them, vitamin D will not be as effective, and may even make you feel sick.

How do I get tested?

Ask the ISHSKO WELLNESS CENTRE receptionist to book an appointment with our Nutritionist Michelle O’Donnell for a vitamin D test.

Our test is specific and tests for a 25(OH)D. There is another type of blood test for vitamin D, usually done by the GP, called a 1,25(OH)₂D test, but the 25(OH)D test is the only one that will tell you whether you’re getting enough vitamin D.

25(OH)D Blood Levels
Vitamin D Status ng/ml nmol/L
Severely Deficient 0-10 0-25
Deficient 11-20 26-50
Insufficient 21-32 51-81
Adequate 33-49 82-124
Optimum 50-65 125-163
High, but not toxic 66-100 164-250
Toxicity possible above 100 above 250
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For More Information

To find out more about Vitamin D Optimisation please download our informative leaflet.

To make an appointment please contact us or phone the centre on 0949532000.