Published on November 2, 2022
To celebrate Vitamin D Day, we are releasing our new Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz, an eTool to help provide everyone personalized education about vitamin D
- November 2nd is Vitamin D Day, and the month of November is Vitamin D Awareness Month!
- To highlight the importance of measuring vitamin D levels, especially before winter, we are offering 10% off all test kits when using the code DMonth22, now through November 30th
- To help educate everyone about their unique, individual risk factors for vitamin D deficiency and to highlight when testing may be of extra importance, we have created The Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz (Beta), a short set of questions about an individual’s supplemental vitamin D intake, UVB exposure, and low exposure indicators to assess risk level; take the quiz and receive a $5 off coupon towards your next test
World Vitamin D Day has been celebrated on November 2nd since 2009, to highlight the health benefits of vitamin D and the importance of having optimal vitamin D levels between 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L). November (which is Vitamin D Awareness Month) is the month that vitamin D levels rapidly decline for many, especially those living in higher latitudes, due to reduced UVB and sun exposure.
Almost 90% of adults in the United States and over 93% of Canadians do not meet this recommended vitamin D level, at any point during the year. Now is the time of year when it is especially important to measure vitamin D levels and take any actions necessary to prevent deficiency throughout the winter.
Measuring vitamin D is the only way to know if an individual is getting enough and how much supplementation may be needed! The total 25(OH)D level is the accepted measure used to determine the current/baseline vitamin D status.
For Vitamin D Awareness Month, to highlight the importance of measuring vitamin D levels especially before winter, we are offering 10% off all test kits when using the code DMonth22, now through November 30th! We are also including a free download of the KNOW “D” NUMBER Patient and Provider Guide to Understanding Vitamin D, Testing & Results e-booklet with every order, which includes important information about vitamin D, testing, and steps to take after receiving your results.
New e-Tool: Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz!
To help educate everyone about their unique, individual risk factors for vitamin D deficiency and to highlight when testing may be of extra importance, we have created The Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz (Beta), a short set of questions about an individual’s supplemental vitamin D intake, UVB exposure, and low exposure indicators to assess risk level. Scoring is intended to determine if an individual has a low, moderate, or high risk of having a vitamin D level below 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L).
To help further validation of this e-Tool, individuals who complete the quiz will receive a coupon for $5 off their next kit order, and will be encouraged to complete their questionnaire and vitamin D test within a month of completing the quiz. This coupon can be combined with any other offer.
Vitamin D Status is Essential to Consider with Supplementation
One important detail to keep in mind when considering the score from your quiz is that nutrient status can be a more important measurement to consider than nutrient intake. This is due to the variability in dose-response (or how someone responds to any given dose); when supplementing with vitamin D it is impossible to know how much of a dose might be “right” for one person to the next without measuring their resulting nutrient status. For example, it is possible for a supplemental intake of 4000 IU/day to result in a serum level of 25 ng/ml (62.5 nmol/L) in one individual, and 60 ng/ml (150 nmol/L) in another. A GrassrootsHealth analysis showed that among all adult participants taking an average of 4,000 IU vitamin D per day from supplements, approximately 25% were still below the recommended 40-60 ng/ml.
Measure Your Status of Vitamin D and Other Nutrients (Save 10% with Code DMonth22)
Having and maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D and other nutrients can help improve health, now and for your future. Choose which to measure, such as your vitamin D, omega-3s, and essential minerals including magnesium and zinc, by creating your custom home test kit today. Add hs-CRP to measure your level of inflammation as well. Take steps to improve the status of each of these measurements to benefit your overall health. You can also track your own intakes, symptoms and results to see what works best for YOU.
Enroll and test your levels today, learn what steps to take to improve your status of vitamin D (see below) and other nutrients and blood markers, and take action! By enrolling in the GrassrootsHealth projects, you are not only contributing valuable information to everyone, you are also gaining knowledge about how you could improve your own health through measuring and tracking your nutrient status, and educating yourself on how to improve it.
How Can You Use this Information for YOUR Health?
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Measuring is the only way to make sure you are getting enough!
STEP 1 Order your at-home blood spot test kit to measure vitamin D and other nutrients of concern to you, such as omega-3s, magnesium, essential and toxic elements (zinc, copper, selenium, lead, cadmium, mercury); include hsCRP as a marker of inflammation or HbA1c for blood sugar health
STEP 2 Answer the online questionnaire as part of the GrassrootsHealth study
STEP 3 Using our educational materials and tools (such as our dose calculators), assess your results to determine if you are in your desired target range or if actions should be taken to get there
STEP 4 After 3-6 months of implementing your changes, re-test to see if you have achieved your target level(s)