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Vitamin D level

It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide, and over 50% of the adult population in the UK, suffer from vitamin D deficiency. The main cause is insufficient exposure to sunlight and/or a lack of proper nutrition. But it can also be caused by liver disease, conditions whose symptoms include gut malabsorption, and is a side effect of some drugs.

Low levels of vitamin D can cause lead to decreased bone density and osteoporosis. It can also cause general aches and pains, and feelings of tiredness. If a blood test shows that you are vitamin D deficient, we can provide high-concentration supplements. You will need to have regular blood tests if taking vitamin D supplements.

Symptoms of low Vitamin D

• pain in the bones
• muscle weakness
• tiredness
• general aches and pains
• frequent respiratory infections

Those who suffer from diabetes, asthma, psoriasis, cardiovascular disease, depression, and cancer are all likely to be deficient in vitamin D. People with darker skin are more at risk. Pregnancy is also a risk factor.

Anaemia profile

Anaemia occurs when you have a reduced rate of red blood cells or haemoglobin (a protein which transports oxygen through your blood). It can be caused by:

• iron deficiency, either due to poor absorption, or to not getting enough iron in your diet
• an increased need for iron in your body due to menstruation, growth, or during pregnancy
• excessive blood loss (due to injury or surgery)
• a lack of vitamin B12

An anaemia profile is a blood test that measures iron, ferritin (which helps your body store iron), TIBC (total iron binding capacity), active vitamin B12, red cell folate, and ESR (erethrocyte sedimentation rate) inflammation.

Symptoms of anaemia include:

• loss of appetite
• constipation
• headaches
• irritability
• poor concentration
• lack of energy, fatigue, depression
• cold hands and feet
• brittle nails, poor hair growth or hair loss

If you have any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you book yourself in for an anaemia profile.

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