VItamin D: Are you getting yours?
In April 2020, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) reported that their research is showing the vital role of Vitamin D for our immune systems. Surely you know this already!
“‘Vitamin D deficiency in Ireland – implications for COVID 19. Results from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)’ finds that Vitamin D plays a critical role in preventing respiratory infections, reducing antibiotic use, and boosting our immune system’s response to infections.”
As you know we have to be mindful of sun exposure.
A key point to note is that those cocooning whether they are over 70 or medically vulnerable are at a higher risk of being deficient in Vitamin D.
Key points to note also:
🌱 1 in 8 Irish adults under 50 deficient in Vitamin D!
🌱47% of all adults over 85 are deficient in winter
🌱 27% of adults over 70 who are ‘cocooning’ are estimated to be deficient
🌱 1 in 8 adults over 50 are deficient all year round
🌱 Only 4% of men and 15% of women take a Vitamin D supplement.
🌱 27% of Irish adults over 70 who are ‘cocooning’ are estimated to be deficient”
Vitamin D is produced by a reaction of the sun’s rays on the cholesterol in your skin. Then it has to be converted into more active versions (metabolites) for the body to use.
🌕 As you know we have to be mindful of sun exposure so how do you get the vitamin D?
✅ Before you start supplementing for Ireland, first get your levels checked by your GP.
Then you have your baseline. With that info you can work with a registered nutritional therapist like myself or other healthcare practitioner or your GP to determine a beneficial dose for you.
✅ Regularly check your levels to ensure you reach your goal level or to note when to reduce your dose to a maintenance level.
✅ Food sources include oily fish (trout, salmon, mackerel), eggs.