Wondering what your vitamin D levels are? There's only one way to find out – get your blood levels checked.
If your doctor does offer this service, make sure he/she orders the right test for you.
You'll want the 25-hydroxyvitamin D test, listed as 25(OH)D. Sometimes doctors order the wrong test (the 1,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D) so make sure you're getting the right one.
So what should your levels of this nutrient be?
Your results will come back as a number in either ng/ml or nmol/L.
Here's what the values mean:
Most doctors will say that levels at or above 30 ng/ml (75 nmol/L) are fine, but vitamin D facts are showing us that is no longer near good enough.
Vitamin D receptors have been found all throughout the body, which means vitamin D deficiency symptoms impact many aspects of our health.
We need to strive for over 50 ng/ml (125 nmol/L) year round.
Even levels of 200 ng/ml (500 nmol/L) do not show any signs of toxicity.
For most of us, that means a vitamin D dosage of at least 5,000 IU daily.