5 reasons to test vitamin D levels during the autumn and winter months
The sun shines as usual with its absence here in the north during autumn and winter and makes it more difficult for us to maintain vitamin D levels as during the summer. During this time, some may need vitamin D supplements or ensure that this is met through the diet. Here are 5 reasons why it can be good to test your vitamin D levels during the fall and winter:
- Get insight into whether you are affected or at risk of vitamin D deficiency. As the production of vitamin D in the skin is dependent on sunlight, and the lack of exposure during the winter months, this can put many people at risk of developing vitamin D deficiency.
- Do you have dark or light skin tone? Due to differences in pigmentation, people with dark skin tones are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency, and levels may need to be tested regularly.
- What does your lifestyle look like? For people who, for example, have office jobs or spend a lot of time indoors, exposure to sunlight is low and insufficient for the skin to produce vitamin D.
- Is fatigue, muscle weakness, leg pain or depression symptoms you experience? These symptoms are common with vitamin D deficiency and it may then be a good idea to test your vitamin D levels.
- Your age and diet play a role when it comes to your need for vitamin D. Older people sometimes have a lower ability to produce vitamin D in the skin. If you are vegan and do not consume vitamin D-rich animal products, you may have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency.
In addition to the above, there may also be other underlying health conditions that make it important to monitor vitamin D levels. It could be, for example, medical conditions and drugs that affect vitamin D metabolism, thereby increasing the risk of deficiency. If you have a chronic disease or are taking medication that affects vitamin D absorption, you should discuss this with your doctor.
How to test your vitamin D levels
Vitamin D levels are easily tested through a blood test that measures the concentration of vitamin D in your blood. You order your Vitamin D test here and then submit a blood sample at one of our affiliated clinics after completing the purchase. Within 1–5 days, you will have your test results and a doctor's report on your vitamin D levels, any vitamin D deficiency or if you are at risk of developing it, and, if necessary, also a recommendation on the next step for you.
Regular checks can help ensure you have enough vitamin D to support your physical and mental well-being, especially during the dark winter months.