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Reduced Vitamin D Levels

You should be reading this webpage if you have received an SMS/text message from Calsayseat Medical Group.

You have received this message because your recent blood tests have shown that you have low vitamin D levels. However, your levels are not so low that you need to start a Vitamin D prescription. Low Vitamin D is commonplace in the north east of Scotland, as vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to the sun, and sun exposure in the winter months can be difficult to get. Usually 15 mins per day is required. Low Vitamin D can be associated with muscle pain and weakness.

It would be a good idea to consider taking 400iu of Vitamin D daily throughout the year. Alternatively if you are not keen on daily tablets you could take 800iu of Vitamin D daily between October and May every year. Vitamin D tablets can be bought from the chemist and good health stores.

Routine rechecking of this is not usually required.

Further information on Vitamin D can be found on the following website www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/.