Why test for Vitamin D levels?
It is estimated that over 37,000 annual deaths could be prevented each and every year if the Canadian average vitamin D level was 105 nmo/L.
Currently 7 out of 10 Canadians do not meet the suggested minimum vitamin D level for optimal health.
As a nation it’s harder for us to get enough sunlight four to five months out of the year to make the body’s required levels of vitamin D — making supplements a necessary element to maintaining a healthy life.
- 15 minutes of direct sunlight on exposed skin twice a week generally produces enough vitamin D to meet your body’s needs.
- Dark skin colour and advancing age both decrease vitamin D production.
- Use of sunscreens can reduce your vitamin D production by over 99%.
- During winter months — or when sun exposure is limited — vitamin D supplementation is highly recommended.
Firstline Nutrition measures the amount of Vitamin D in your system with a convenient dried blood spot. This can easily be done at home — saving you a trip to the laboratory,
We use the general health information you supply to provide insight specific to your health concerns. Laboratories don’t give you much insight — only reporting a number.
Firstline provides a full colour report to your family doctor 7 to 10 days after receiving your D-Spot.
Low Vitamin D has been linked to:
- Autoimmune Disease (Lupus)
- Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle Pain and Fatigue
- Poor Immune Response