Published on August 11, 2023
Complete the quiz instead of your questionnaire with your next vitamin D test to help us validate the Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz (beta); share this special opportunity with others, or take advantage of it yourself!
- To help educate individuals about their unique risk factors for vitamin D deficiency and to highlight when testing may be of extra importance, GrassrootsHealth 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 of having a low, moderate, or high risk of having a vitamin D level below the scientists’ recommended minimum of 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)
- Based on all the factors considered, the role of midday sunshine and UVB exposure proved to have a large influence on an individual’s vitamin D level, demonstrating the importance of exposure to UVB for vitamin D status, and highlighting the need for vitamin D supplementation when one does not meet their daily UVB requirements
- Receive the full benefits of vitamin D and sunshine by getting to know your vitamin D level first, followed by learning how to create a healthy supplement and sunshine or UVB exposure routine based on your unique individual factors
Do you know anyone who THINKS they get enough vitamin D, but doesn’t know their level? Do you want to help educate others on the importance of measuring and getting enough vitamin D?
Share the vitamin D*action project using the link below, along with a 15% off coupon code FIRST15 for their first test kit order, and their answers to the Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz (beta) will count as their initial D*action study questionnaire!
Many individuals don’t think they need supplements, or they believe that getting a few minutes of sunshine at any time of day, exposing a minimal amount of skin (such as arms and face), will produce all the vitamin D they need. However, this is simply not the case. Even for those who live where ample amounts of UVB rays are available to make vitamin D, many individuals create their own ‘vitamin D winter’ simply by staying indoors, wearing sunscreen, and covering up throughout the year, including when the sun is capable of producing vitamin D in our skin.
The new Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz (beta) asks a short set of questions to determine an individual’s risk of having a low vitamin D level; the questions are listed below. Continuing to get a wide variety of participants will help us to further validate the quiz and its scoring algorithm – we appreciate your help sharing about this project!
Are You Already a Participant? You can contribute to validating the quiz too…
Do you want to know if you have been getting enough vitamin D this summer? Have you hesitated to get another test through the D*action project because you dread completing the full questionnaire?
We know that completing the questionnaire can be tedious for some; in fact, we have recently shortened it and made it easier to complete for those taking multiple supplements. However, for those who are interested in an even shorter set of questions, we are offering this opportunity to complete our new Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Assessment Quiz in place of the full questionnaire!
Use this opportunity to re-test your levels and get 15% off your test kit order using our special end of Summer promo code SUMMER23. (Offer expires Sunday, 8/20 and is not valid on the T1D Prevention Test Kit or for the T1D Prevention Project)
Simply place your order and email [email protected] for your special questionnaire link.
Who Should Consider Testing Their Level Regardless?
Individuals who are especially at risk of vitamin D deficiency are those
- who do not supplement with vitamin D
- who avoid midday sun exposure and cover up when outdoors
- who have darker skin
Other individuals should measure vitamin D levels regardless of their risk assessment answers, especially those who have two or more of the conditions listed in the quiz, and including
- pregnant and lactating women
- people with digestion and malabsorption issues
- children born to high-risk women
- individuals on any of the medications that can affect vitamin D absorption and utilization
Use the Quiz to Educate About Individual Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency
To help educate individuals about their unique risk factors for vitamin D deficiency and to highlight when testing may be of extra importance, GrassrootsHealth created this 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 the scientists’ recommended minimum of 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L).
The questions include the following:
1. What is your age in years?
2. Where do you live? (country, state/province, city)
3. What is your height?
4. What is your weight?
5. Which of the following statements apply to you? (choose all that apply)
a. I have dark skin color (dark brown or black)
b. I cover more than 90% of my body when outdoors
c. I regularly work night shift
d. I have hobbies that keep me indoors throughout the day on a regular basis (e.g. TV, video games or computer use)
e. None of the above
6. Which of the following statements apply to you? (choose all that apply)
a. I regularly use a UVB tanning bed (at least 2 or more times per week)
b. I spend the majority of midday from 10am to 2pm outside in the sun (as least 3-4 or more times per week)
c. None of the above
7. Do you take a supplement with vitamin D? (yes/no)
a. If yes, how much vitamin D do you take? (IU or mcg)
b. If yes, how often do you take it?
i. every day
ii. most days
These questions are then followed up with a list of conditions and medications that can either affect vitamin D levels or increase the risk of deficiency; some of the conditions may also indicate a situation in which a higher target vitamin D level may be desired. Answering this section does not affect the score of the quiz, however, each item listed indicates a situation in which special attention to vitamin D may be necessary.
Completing this quiz creates an opportunity to educate yourself or someone else on the factors that have the greatest influence vitamin D levels. Check it out today!
(Current participants must email [email protected] for a link to their quiz.)
Already know your vitamin D level, and just interested in what the quiz will say? Get your quiz score here.
Make Sure You Are Getting Enough of Both Sunshine & Vitamin D
It is important to incorporate safe, sensible sun exposure into a regular routine, just as it is important to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D. Because the sun produces many health-benefiting molecules in addition to vitamin D, sunshine exposure cannot be replaced with taking a supplement.
It is also important not to stop supplementing with vitamin D during the summer. Most people do not make enough vitamin D from sunshine alone, due to their lifestyle and other factors, and therefore must rely on supplementation to maintain optimal vitamin D levels of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).
To make sure you have been getting enough of the sunshine vitamin this summer, get 15% off your home blood spot test when using the code SUMMER23 at checkout.
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D levels and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Choose which additional nutrients to measure, such as your omega-3s and essential minerals including magnesium and zinc, by creating your custom home test kit today. Take steps to improve the status of each of these measurements to benefit your overall health. With measurement you can then determine how much is needed and steps to achieve your goals. You can also track your own intakes, symptoms and results to see what works best for YOU.
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)