October 23, 2023
Vitamin D Shots
Why have Vitamin D shots?
· Bone health
· Immune function
· Cardiovascular and auto-immune health (including Diabetes)
· Colon, pancreas, breast and prostate health
· Mood, cognition and mental health
· Muscle support
- If you have a very low-fat diet, you may find this is the vitamin you need!
1. Improved bone health: Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium absorption and bone mineralization. It helps regulate calcium and phosphorus levels in the body, which are essential for maintaining strong and healthy bones. Vitamin D injections can help prevent or treat conditions such asosteoporosis, rickets, and osteomalacia.
2. Enhanced immune function: Vitamin D is known to have immunomodulatory effects, meaning it helps regulate the immune system. It can enhance the function of immune cells, such as T cells and macrophages, and promote the production of antimicrobial peptides. Adequate vitamin D levels may help reduce the risk of infections and autoimmune diseases.
3. Reduced risk of chronic diseases: Research suggests that vitamin D may play a role in reducing the risk of various chronic diseases. Adequate vitamin D levels have been associated with a lower risk of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers (including colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer), type 2 diabetes, and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis.
4. Improved mood and mental health: Vitamin D receptors are present in areas of the brain involved in mood regulation. Low vitamin D levels have been associated with an increased risk of depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and other mental health conditions. Vitamin D injections may help improve mood and alleviate symptoms of depression and SAD.
5. Support for muscle strength and function: Vitamin D is important for muscle health and function. It helps regulate muscle contraction and may play a role in preventing muscle weakness and falls in older adults. Vitamin D injections may help improve muscle strength and reduce the risk of falls and fractures.
6. Potential anti-inflammatory effects: Vitamin D has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. It can modulate the production of inflammatory cytokines and reduce chronic inflammation in the body. Adequate vitamin D levels may help reduce the risk of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Why have your shot at Bridgeham?
It is important to note that vitamin injections should be administered under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as high doses can have side effects and may not be suitable for everyone. At Bridgeham our fully trained practitioner ONLY administers via prescription using trusted medical suppliers and working alongside medical professionals with many years’ experience.
Is it possible to have too much Vitamin D?
Yes, it is fat soluble, so it is stored in the body. This is why it is essential to consult a fully qualified and insured practitioner for your shots. It is more likely to over absorb vitamin D through taking too many oral supplement than through injections.
At Bridgeham we limit vitamin D injections to a maximum of 4 per year per patient and each patient is assessed by our practitioner and a doctor or nurse-prescriber before a prescription is issued so the risk of any over treatment is assessed beforehand, and treatment will be refused if it is not safe to go ahead.
If you want to check your vitamin D levels before coming to Bridgeham you are advised to do so through your own GP.
If you are taking prescribed Vitamin D already, we would need written consent from your healthcare professional or consultant to administer Vitamin D.
Who shouldn’t have Vitamin D injections?
We don’t give ANY vitamin injections to pregnant women, under 18s or anyone undergoing cancer treatment unless requested to do so by their GP or consultant.
You will be screened for medications/conditions that would prevent you from having Vitamin D injections. This will be first done by our practitioner and then by a nurse-prescriber or doctor before your prescription is issued and it it is not appropriate to go ahead you will be informed of the reason why. This happens for all vitamin injections at Bridgeham.
Specific medications or conditions that would preclude you from Vitamin D shots are:
Atherosclerosis, Histoplasmosis, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypercalcemia, Lymphoma, Tuberculosis, Renal issues (including kidney stones and reduced kidney function).
Are there any side effects when I have Vitamin D injections?
Most people just experience slight discomfort at the injection site but it is possible to experience a headache, slight nausea or constipation in the first few days after the injection. Rarely people can experience a metallic taste in the mouth, or some itching as the dose is absorbed.
How do I get my Vitamin shot?
You can have a face to face or telephone consultation or fill in a form available at reception then return this to reception. Our practitioner will review your case and request a prescription from the medical prescriber – if there are any queries the prescriber will contact you directly. Once the prescription is issued, reception will contact you to make an appointment for you to come in and have your vitamin injection.
How much does it cost?
Vitamin D injections cost £65.00 (or £100 if combined with Vitamin C)
How often should I have a shot?
There should be at least 3 months between shots and always by a qualified practitioner. Some people prefer to have just one or two shots between October and March and not during the rest of the year when Vitamin D can be obtained naturally through sunshine.
Call our lovely admin angels to book a consultation with Selena or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any further information.