A recent blood test has came back indicating that I have a vitamin D deficiency. Now normally I would take this information, and the subsequent advice from my GP about taking some supplements, and just get on with fixing the problem.
My hesitation arises from the fact that not one person I know who has been tested for vitamin D deficiency has had a normal result returned. Now fair enough, a sample of 5 or 6 does not signify or prove anything, but that we are all deficient however does make me pause for a second.
I have done a quick search on vitamin D deficiency in general (see links below if you are interested), but I also found a report indicating that I am not alone being skeptical.
“There is a noticeable, if anecdotal, increase in the number of physicians ordering serum vitamin D tests to screen for deficiency. The vitamin D assay has become one of the most-ordered lab tests in the U.S., despite the assay’s questionable reliability, its $40-200 cost, and considerable unresolved debate as to what constitutes an optimal blood level.” Elsevier Feb 2010
So do I take supplements as the good Dr suggests? I think I will go for a walk in the sunshine while I consider that question.