Fund routine Vitamin D testing and therapy for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities

Fund routine Vitamin D testing and therapy for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities

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Kofi Glover started this petition to UK Parliament

Make the routine and on demand testing of Vitamin D levels readily and freely available from GP Surgeries, Pharmacies as well as through home testing kits. Vitamin D therapies should be freely provided to bring people to optimum levels. Supplements and other options should then be available for free/subsidized to maintain optimum levels.

Socio economic factors,  lifestyle and a dark skin that impedes the absorption of Vitamin D from sunlight may account  for low serum levels.

The Vitamin D levels of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups is potentially an unseen health crisis in it's own right.

Vitamin D controls the on/off switch for more than a thousand genes and is also a building block for hormones. It influences our immune system, and is thought to help inflammatory pathways run properly.

Deficiency has been linked to respiratory health, obesity, high blood pressure, psoriasis, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes.

I found out last year that I had very low levels by ordering a home test kit from a private lab (not available on demand from the NHS). Raising my serum levels after this has had a profound impact on my health and well being.

 

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