Vitamin D deficiency...

@koalatbs (2231)
United States
June 12, 2009 8:18am CST
I had blood work drawn last week and found out my vitamin D levels are low. What does this mean exactly & what might have caused that? I never had that problem before. My doctor has put me on a once a week prescription strength vitamin d supplement of 50,000 IU. Is that a lot. I'm going to ask my doctor's office for a copy of my lab test results. I forgot to ask the nurse on the phone exactly how low my level was. Does anybody else have this problem?
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
12 Jun 09
do you not get enough sunlight? perhaps you have a problem converting sun light to Vit D? you mustn't be drinking milk either... (I know I don't.) I definately would be finding out why I'm missing Vit D if there is a problem with my making my own....
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@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
12 Jun 09
You are right ElicBxn - I haven't been getting enough sunlight and have not been drinking much milk lately either. Guess I better do more of both!
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
12 Jun 09
A lot of it depends on age and diet. Eating a lot of certain dark green veggies helps. Getting 15 minutes a day of sunshine would too. I have read several articles about the fact that Vitamin D deficiency is becoming more and more of a problem.
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@GardenGerty (91057)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Jun 09
My friends who have been put on supplemental Vitamin D have loved the result. Part of the reason we are becoming deficient in Vitamin D is because of several societal things. Sunshine on our skin causes our body to produce vitamin D, but we are scared of skin cancer, we stay inside, wear sun block, sun glasses, cover ups, sun hats, etc. Our air is polluted, the sun rays do not penetrate as well. We, some of us, live too far north to get the rays we need. We do not drink fortified milk or eat liver, or fish. Without Vitamin D we do not use the calcium to build strong bones. Vit. D prevents many types of cancer. My close friend says she has begun losing weight and has lots more energy. Her doctor says it will help her heart function. 50,000 once a week is not excessive. It is only once a week because it is fat soluble and will stay in your fatty tissues. The experts are thinking that our minimum RDA needs to be doubled.
@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Thanks for all of the great information on vitamin d GardenGerty. I'm glad your friend is feeling the benefits of getting the supplement. I hope I lose weight too! Gee... I guess I shouldn't have just eaten 2 chocolate chip cookies! Oops!
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@GardenGerty (91057)
• Marion, Kansas
12 Jun 09
B vitamins in the grain product in the cookies, magnesium and soy lecithin in the chocolate, protein in the eggs, are you kidding, cookies are health food.
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• United States
12 Jun 09
Gerty, I think you have just become my new best friend! Health food indeed!
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• United States
12 Jun 09
This is actually a common problem today. One of the best resources for vitamin D is being out in the sunlight. But everyone heeds the warnings about skin cancer - so there is sunblock in everything. That means the suns rays dont get to your skin like they normally would. So your body doesnt produce vitamin D like it normally would! Vitamin D is important for things like calcium absorption. That is why it is added to things like milk and calcium supplements. To get more vitamin D, naturally, try spending 15 minutes in the sun before you put on any lotions or makeup. 15 minutes a day is plenty to get the vitamin D you need, but wont be causing a lot of damage to your skin.
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@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I really do need to get more sun. I'm kind of couped up lately with my medical problem. I suppose I need to force myself outdoors more often. Right now my dog is begging to go outside for a walk so I guess I better go ahead and spend a little time outside with him right now. I hope the sun is shining... it's been a little overcast here the past few days.
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• United States
12 Jun 09
Even on cloudy days you can still get the vitamin D production! The suns rays still get through the clouds. So just like you can get burnt on a cloudy day, you can make vitamin D too! Enjoy your walk!
@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I'm back already. :(
@Beenice (237)
• Canada
16 Jun 09
I don't have the same problem,mine is lack of iron,I constantly have to take extra Iron supplements with the rest of my vitamins.But if you have a deficiency in vitamin"D"? If you live up north and rarely see the sun? 50,000 IU is not to high in vitamin " D" . But I would take my source in an organic store to have the best one around and it might not cost you as much as the prescription will. Omega 3-6-9 oil,and the best is fish oil,would help.
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@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Low levels of vitamin D is thought to be associated with MS, but It has not been proven to help after one already has MS. My thought is that it won't hurt, either. Sunshine and veggies is the best way to go. It will make you feel better whether or not you have MS. Should you get a definae diagnosis of MS, be sure to contact the National MS society. They will help with information about the disease and will also help you locate a local support group. When I was diagnosed, my son told me that if I had to have some diease, MS is probably the best one to have. Since we don't get to pick and choose, I can't say if he was right or wrong. My neurologist told me that I'll die from old age before MS. For you, I hope that your problem turns out to be something curable. If you do have MS, please get on therapy as soon as possible.
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@alicia812 (648)
• Australia
12 Jun 09
Hi there. My hubby had a blood test as well few months ago and his vitamin D level was also low. The doctor just advised him to take the regular Caltrate capsules daily, have sun exposure at least 30 minutes between a certain period of the day (between 10am-2pm here, if I remember it right). The doctor said fish oil capsules will also help. I think 50,000 IU is a lot. Low vitamin D level is usually caused by lack of exposure to the sun.
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Vit. D deficiency. Hi Koalatbs, this means that you need to get out into the sun more so that you can get more vitamin d or either start eating more food products that contain vit. D. one is milk and I think broccolli might have a little vit. d in it but don't quoute me on that one. Yogurt might also be another good food source for vit. d........ Well that's about all that I can think of right now. Take care and I wish you happiness and wholeness.
@sunnflr (2770)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I don't have the problem myself, but I did do some research for an article. I hope the supplement works. I believe I've heard of that amount being given before. I'm putting the link to my article here for you to read. It offers a little info about foods with Vitamin D and other stuff that might be helpful. Good luck getting your levels up. http://www.bukisa.com/articles/102573_about-vitamin-d-deficiency
• Philippines
12 Jun 09
I've read from your other post that you are going on a vacation. You'll get to enjoy the beach and also have that much needed sunlight! I hope you get better soon.
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
12 Jun 09
Vitamin D is required for the absorption of calcium which is required for healthy bones. Any deficiency I would think may affect the bone density leading to osteoporosis. We can get vitamin D from sunlight though.
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@jedopi (401)
• Canada
12 Jun 09
I also have a low vitamin D level even though my doctor told me to take 1000 IU per day. 50,000 IU is really high. You must have a lot lower level than I do. I was told that I need to get more sunshine and to eat salmon because it is a good source of Vitamin D for some reason. I am inside A LOT so I can understand why she would tell me that. I take the vitamin but still my level is low. I hope that you are able to boost yours up because it sounds pretty serious if you need that much. But don't take my advice, speak to your doctor and get all the info that you can.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Vitiamn D you get from the sun and milk with it in it and I take Vit D but a smaller amount as I take it every day. My main thing I think is not enough iron lol but they havent said so . So I eat chicken livers aabout 2 times a month!. 50,000 sounds like alot but once a week must work well
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Depending on your age, that really isn't a lot. Normal for adults is about 40,000 IU, and it sounds like your doctor has prescribed a little extra to catch up. Vitamin D is something that we get from sunlight. It's also in some, but not many, foods. Most of what we get is from consuming vitamin D fortified foods and beverages, milk being a good one. Vitamin D helps your system to absorb calcium, and is necessary for good bone health. A common side effect in children of vitamin D deficiency (before milk was fortified with it) was rickets. That's the softening of the bones such that they become mis-shapen. Do you remember kids with bowed legs? If you'd like additional information, here is an article I found that you might find helpful: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamind.asp
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@liquorice (3902)
17 Jan 11
I just found this discussion after posting a similar one. Except I don't know yet for sure that I have vitamin D deficiency. My doctor strongly suspects it based on symptoms I'm having but I'm going to get tested this week. I notice this discussion is quite old, but how are you doing now? Did the prescription strength supplement help you? I hope you're doing ok.
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
22 Mar 10
Other health elements seen to be positively affected by the Vitamin D nutrient include: * Heart health * Cell formation and longevity * Eye and skin health * Mood and well-being * Bone strength and health * Food absorption and digestion
• United States
6 Jul 09
It's from the lack of not enough sun on you i'm also on 50,000 IU but i take it daily i go in for my 3 month check up this week i'm feeling a little better but he wants to do more test if the pain isnt gone.My mom and sister has fibromyalgia my mom says she's positive i have it as well and i believe i do cause when u touch me it hurts like mad :(
@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
4 Jul 09
My husband has to take extra vitamin D because his is low also. He's lactose intolerant so he can't have milk and stuff that usually gives you vitamin D. That's all I know about it, sorry I'm not much help.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
3 Jul 09
It means you need to spend more time in the sun since that is the only way you can get it easily. I want to say I heard somewhere recently of another source but most people get it from the sun.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
16 Jun 09
From what i understand about vitamin d it helps you to absorb calcium in your stomach,maintaining adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone. It is also important for bone growth/preventing bones from being brittle or misshapen. I also understand that a good source of vitamin d is sunshine! A deficiency from my understanding can cause things like ricketts, osteomalacia, and osteporosis can come on earlier. I dont have one as far as i know.