Are you getting enough vitamin D?
In a recent meta-analysis study, the highest form of medical evidence, it is suggested that higher levels of vitamin D can reduce mortality risk and proposes a blood level of between 75-87.5nmol/L is optimal. Now, you may not understand what nmol/L means but only a small number of foods contain vitamin D, such as oily fish including salmon and sardines, eggs and fortified foods. Most of our vitamin D is obtained from sunlight on our skin, however our UK climate and indoors lifestyle is often not conducive to getting good sun exposure. Many people in the UK, therefore may have lower levels of vitamin D than they realise. Vitamin D is important for more than just bone health and helps support muscle, immune and cardiovascular health too. So ask your GP for a vitamin D test. Or, for a small cost, we can organise one for you.