Low-risk of low Vitamin D
Based on your answers and the evidence supporting known risk factors associated with insufficient levels of Vitamin D, it appears you may be in the low-risk category. Ostelin recommends speaking to your pharmacist for anybody who thinks they may be at risk of Vitamin D insufficiency.
Risk is determined by three main variables: lifestyle, environment and personal. The following information may help you better understand what low-risk means and how those variables may affect you.
Generally, people in the low risk category are doing a good job of getting enough Vitamin D because they are exposed to sufficient levels of sunlight. Greater exposure to sunlight is probably because you spend a fair amount of time outdoors, which promotes both incidental and recreational exposure to sunlight. You may also prefer to dress a little more casually, exposing arms, legs and face to sunlight, rather than covering up with layers.
People in the low risk category may also tend to have naturally lighter skin, and thanks to Mother Nature, lighter skin means a better ability to produce Vitamin D because melanin, the skin pigment, doesn’t filter out as many UVB rays. However, you could be at risk if you suffer from medical conditions that affect Vitamin D metabolism, or take certain medicines that actually increase Vitamin D breakdown in the body and reduce Vitamin D levels.
It is important to note that the risk factors within this test are a guide only; seasonality and other biological influences, conditions and medications may impact your status. That’s why, it’s important you monitor your lifestyle to ensure you’re obtaining adequate levels of Vitamin D.
For further tips about how you can continue to minimise your risk and benefit from having stronger bones, explore more of the Ostelin website or speak to your pharmacist.