Check your key vitamin levels
Dears Pharmacy are working in partnership with London Medical Laboratory to deliver this test.
Price per in pharmacy test provided during booking prior to confirmation.
This profile is to check your Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Folate levels. Vitamins are a group of substances that our bodies need for normal cell function, growth and development.
Vitamin deficiencies can be the cause of a wide range of common symptoms and conditions.
Vitamin B12 is particularly important for those on a plant-based diet. Low levels of Vitamin B12 and Folate can have very severe effects on blood and overall health.
Vitamin D is also very important for anyone living in the UK. Up to a quarter of the population is low in Vitamin D at the end of winter. Low levels can cause a long list of health problems including fatigue, bone & muscle pain, depression and more.
How does this test work?
There is no better way to check for underlying health problems, or monitor existing conditions, than with a blood test.
Whether you are concerned about your health, managing an existing condition or simply curious, a blood test provides a fast, affordable and easy way to start taking charge of your own health.
We offer in-store testing to make the process as simple, stress free and convenient as possible.
You will receive your results on the day after we receive your sample in our laboratory. We run a 24/7 laboratory operation and test all samples as quickly as possible after receiving them which enables our team of in-house GPs to review and communicate your results in the fastest possible timeframe.
*It is important to note that blood tests alone are not a substitute for seeing a doctor, particularly if you have any symptoms. You should not make a diagnosis or start any treatment without a consultation with a doctor or suitably trained healthcare professional.
What do you test?
Vitamin (3 Biomarkers)
Vitamins are a group of substances that our bodies need for normal cell function, growth and development. Vitamin deficiencies can be the cause of a wide range of common symptoms and conditions.
Vitamin D is a vitamin which is used in the regulation of calcium and magnesium absorption from the gut, it is also important for the growth and health of bones. Vitamin D comes from two sources; it can be ingested from foods and supplements or be produced in the skin once it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D tests are used to identify vitamin D deficiency and to monitor disease that interfere with fat absorption like Crohn’s disease.
Vitamin B12 is a vitamin which is necessary for the formation of red blood cells, tissue and cellular repairs and nerve health. It can be found in animal products such as poultry, milk and eggs. Vitamin B12 tests are used to help diagnose the cause of anaemia.
Folate (Vitamin B9) is a vitamin which is necessary for the formation of red blood cells, tissue and cellular repairs and is important during pregnancy. It can be found in leafy green vegetables, yeast and citrus fruits. Folate tests are used to help diagnose the cause of anaemia.
What do my Vitamin D results mean?
High levels may indicate over supplementation from pills or nutrition or can be from certain medical conditions. Low levels may be a sign of kidney disease. It may also mean you may not be getting adequate levels of sunlight or are not absorbing it efficiently.
What happens when my vitamin B12 is low?
If you are feeling tired or lethargic, suffer from headaches, have pale skin or have a low mood then it may be a sign that you have low vitamin B12 levels. You may also experience mouth ulcers, pins and needles irritability and be more prone to depression and extreme tiredness if particularly deficient. It is important to monitor and boost up your levels to prevent any permanent damage.
What are the symptoms of a low vitamin D level?
If you have a low level of vitamin D then you may be more tired, have aches and pains or may be feeling generally unwell. With more severe cases of vitamin D deficiency you may also struggle with strong pains and weakness. Diseases of the gastro intestinal tract which can cause malabsorption should also have routine vitamin D levels checked.
When should vitamin D levels be checked?
Vitamin D is largely made naturally in the skin through exposure to sunlight. Therefore, vitamin D levels are best checked during cooler seasons such as winter, spring and autumn, or if you regularly wear high coverage clothing. 1 in 5 adults in the UK are vitamin D deficient and may not be aware of it, so it is important to check your vitamin D levels regularly.
What are the symptoms of folate deficiency?
If you suffer from extreme tiredness, pins and needles, muscle weakness and unclear vision then you may be folate deficient. Sufficient folate levels are also vital for pregnant women as it helps develop the brain and spinal cord of the foetus.