This test determines whether your blood contains an excessive amount or insufficient amount of vitamin D.
However, those who are more susceptible to vitamin D insufficiency, such as those who:
- Are older than 65 years old (both skin production of vitamin D and gut absorption of vitamin D becomes lower as we get older)
- Are overweight in any manner
- Have thin or osteoporotic bones
- Do not have enough sun exposure or have very limited sun exposure
- Have issues with their intestines absorbing vitamins and nutrients, such as people who have celiac disease, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn's disease.
You have a vitamin D deficiency if your body does not produce enough of it. Because your skin actually makes vitamin D by using sunlight, it is special. People with fair skin and those under 50 years old convert sunlight into vitamin D much more efficiently than people with a darker complexion and those over 50.
Our bodies require a variety of vitamins to remain healthy, including vitamin D. This vitamin performs a wide variety of tasks, such as:
Keeping bones strong: Having strong bones will prevent you from bone loss and other problems. Children who suffer from bone loss develop weak, brittle bones. It is brought on by the body's deficiency of vitamin D. Calcium and phosphorus can only be used to form bones if you have vitamin D. Osteomalacia is the medical term for soft bones in adults. Calcium absorption Together with calcium, vitamin D aids in bone formation and maintenance of bone health.