I love summer because I’m able to spend quality time with my family, going to beaches, enjoying the sea’s breeze, and basking in all the sun’s glory. This we don’t get to do often since all of us, including my daughter, are always busy. Other families, I’m sure, are on the same boat and spend most of their time indoors. Thus, sun exposure is very limited. Our current lifestyle of wearing long sleeved clothing, using too much sunscreen, and staying indoors for most parts of the day are some reasons why most Filipinos are Vitamin D deficient. Another reason would be our naturally tan complexion. Studies have shown that the darker the skin, the less Vitamin D is produced.
Unilab commissioned a study recently on the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency among urban dwellers. Hi-Precision Diagnostics, a DOH-licensed medical facility backed by Unilab, carried out the testing of the blood samples collected from the participants. The result is that 53% of its 118 test participants were found to be deficient. The study also revealed that women are more prone to Vitamin D deficiency as 68% of the total female participants tested positive of having insufficient levels of Vitamin D. This deficiency, according to health experts, may lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and breast, prostate, and colon cancer.
For mothers like me who only want the best for their families, give them Forti-D, the latest Vitamin D supplement from Unilab which when taken daily will help reduce the risk of getting these chronic diseases. It’s a single-dose supplement that contains 800 IU of vitamin D3, which greatly impacts one’s over-all health. Forti-D is available at leading drugstores nationwide and retails at P6.50 (SRP) per piece.