VITAMIN D: THE SUPERVITAMIN
Although vitamin D can be obtained from sun exposure and diet, vitamin D deficiency is very common and is considered a risk factor for several chronic diseases, such as arterial hypertension. Vitamin D plays an important role in the skeletal system, immunity and fertility. In particular, vitamin D is associated with:
Maintain adequate bone mineral density
Protection against infections
A regulatory effect in fertility
The MyVitDGenes® test studies the genetic predisposition to vitamin D deficiency and also genetic variants that influence the function of its receptor in cells, which is essential for vitamin D action. In individuals with greater genetic susceptibility it becomes particularly relevant:
- carry out biochemical quantification more frequently,
- increase sun exposure (responsible),
- ensure adequate intake of good dietary sources of vitamin D, and/or
- taking supplementation when necessary.
The MyVitDGenes® test report provides actionable and personalised recommendations to minimise the risk of vitamin D deficiency and its consequent negative effects.
Vitamin D levels have been robustly and consistently shown to be influenced by genetic variation. The MyVitDGenes® test studies genes involved in the various phases of vitamin D metabolism: synthesis, transport, activation and excretion.
Synthesis through sunlight exposure
Transport in the bloodstream
Activation in the liver
Excretion through kidneys
The test also studies genetic variants of the vitamin D receptor, which negatively impact the action of vitamin D, making it less effective in its functions at a cellular level.
HOW IT WORKS
MyVitDGenes® test has been developed to be a support tool for health professionals in the field of nutrition. As such, its realisation implies an interpretation and explanation by a health professional, who will develop a strategy based on this information. Contact us to know our network of partners.