We are noticing very low levels of Vitamin D in many of our patients at Olivera Weight Management. Vitamin D, a nutrient found in some foods and obtained from the sun’s rays, helps the body to absorb calcium. Calcium and Vitamin D both play important roles in overall bone health and the immune system.
Why we check your Vitamin D level?
85% of people are Vitamin D deficient. An average of 15-30 min of direct sunlight is needed per day to keep normal blood levels. Once a person is deficient in Vitamin D they must take high dose Vitamin D to increase their levels.
People at risk for Vitamin D Deficiency:
- Older adults
- People with darker skin
- People with Crohn’s disease or Celiac disease.
- Obese people
- People with lack of sun exposure
Maintaining appropriate Vitamin D levels will help to:
- Maintain bone health and integrity
- Fight against certain cancers
- Increase the immune system
- Maintain a healthy weight
We will be monitoring patients for Vitamin D deficiency through blood tests. If you are found to be deficient we are now offering high dose prescription strength Vitamin D at Olivera Weight Management.
Treatment for Vitamin D deficiency consists of prescription strength Vitamin D taken one time per week for 8-12 weeks. After 3 months of initiating treatment, the Vitamin D level must be rechecked to assure an optimal blood level.
Once your levels are back to normal you will need to take low dose daily Vitamin D that is available over the counter.
Vitamin D levels will be checked with the annual check-up or immediately on request.
Family Nurse Practitioner