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Low vitamin d results

Letter from the doc today to confirm vit d is low suggested I sit in the sun between April and sept 3 times a week for about 15 mins also eat olily fish , liver, egg yolks, mushrooms, fortified cereals and margarine!!! And lastly no need for supplements as long as I take the above advice!!!

Not sure whether to laugh or cry ...

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How low is low?

Moggie x

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Hi I have rung the docs and all the receptionist can see is vit d2 less than 10 and vit d3 27.7 but no ranges are written down also new blood results back and they are putting my meds up to 150 levothyroxine , I'm so confused x

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If my memory serves me right the ranges on VitD are - below 25 is classed as defincient, 25 - 50 is classed as insufficient, 50 - 75 is classed as sometimes insufficient and over 75 is optimal. So it looks like you have just missed out with your level.

Have a look at this booklet all about vitd and if I were you I would buy a good quality VitD and supplement.

vitamindcouncil.org/wp-cont...

Moggie x

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Thank you

Have a good weekend x

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You to.

Moggie x

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Hi Moggie just found out mine is 23 and low. Doctor has just rechecked and will be giving me supplements.

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If he gives you anything under 2,000iu then query it - 1,000iu is a maintenace dose, in other words it will maintain your levels where they are but will not increase them. I have seen people on here who are really low and their GP's have tried to put them on 800iu supplements. Lets hope your GP knows what he is doing and in a way its good that you came in just under the deficient results or you would be in the same position as Emlico.

Moggie x

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Thanks Moggie what would you say would be the ideal dose to get the Vit D optimized. I have a feeling that this has been this way for a long time now?

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2,000iu and see how you go - if it isn't moving then go up to 3,000iu but make sure you get your calcium levels checked as well because VitD can effect your calcium levels and taking too much can be dangerous. My body has trouble keeping hold of VitD so I take 3,000iu daily but get both checked on a regular basis.

Moggie x

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Thanks for that the doctor did check the calciums ant the corrected ones as well and she said they were ok.

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I meant to get them checked whilst/after you are taking the supplements - the more vitd in your body the more calcium your body will make so if you are supplementing there is a chance that your calcium can go to high.

Moggie x

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there is also a theory that if you are tested at say 30 nmol/L you should take 5000iu daily 'til an 'optimal 80 nmo/L, is reached. If tested 50 you'd take 3000iu daily (i.e. 1000iu per 10 you are under 80)

- have a read of the doses suggested by the Vit D council's booklet above but please note that UK test measures tend to be in nmol/L. J :D

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So I would need at least 5.000iu then as I was tested at 23. Also we need it optimized I believe or thyroid meds can not be absorbed properly.

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best to start gradually - has your GP prescribed some? I took my low test result to my GP, although interested and said "I expect to see more of this" he also said "just buy some from Boots" no guidance... (I think folk who take a bit daily and build up gradually tend to avoid problems than those taking a high dose e.g. weekly)

Yes any deficiency will impact on absorption of meds, (conversely some meds contribute to vit/min deficiency!) Let me know how you get on, I know it definitely helped my pains ease, good luck Jane :D

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Ok Jane thanks I had taken some supplements of vit D for a while so even with them I was low. I will see what the doctor gives me and take it steady.

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You might want to google and see if there is a Vitamin D protocol on line for your area. If there is you can print it off and show it to your GP.

In any event, you need a supplement, preferably a gelcap rather than a tablet. These are what I take:

bodykind.com/product/1315_1...

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Thanks for the info , got the docs on Monday

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I was tested at 43 ng/mL and the doctor suggested I should take 5000iu to optimize this level. I bought Pure Encapsulations Vit D 5000iu, but I have a feeling it gives me nausea and a foggy head.

Has anyone had this sort of symptoms from taking Vit D? Thank you

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When magnesium is low we could have adverse reactions to Vitamin D Supplements. The other alternative is to try a different brand perhaps

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Before buying the Pure Encapsulations Vit D I had been taking Biotics Research Bio Mulsion Forte (in drops) 5000iu per day with no adverse reaction! I contacted the manufacturers for advice and I was told they have their supplements independently tested to check whether they actually deliver the dosage stated on the bottle. Maybe the Bio Mulsion Forte was delivering a weaker dosage and I don't need such a high one.

Thank you for answering my question:-)))

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Ansteynomad - Can you point to a 'protocol' - not seen one!

I have 4 drops of liquid D3 (in milk or juice - or can just be on/under tongue) - 1 bottle lasts 3 months.

bodykind.com/search/biocare...

I have no adverse effects whatsoever from drops - what's in the 'gel'? (but VitD perhaps it can keep you awake if taken late on??) Don't like cod liver oil tabs 'tho, yuk belchy - J :D

PS I believe the drops are made from sheep wool.

Vitamins Building blocks post....

healthunlocked.com/thyroidu...

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You should be able to find any number of them if you google 'vitamin d deficiency treatment protocol [where you live], but I have just found this from the National Osteoporosis Society, which seems up to date and useful. nos.org.uk/document.doc?id=...

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The -sit in the sun advice is piffle, it takes 48 hours for vit d to be absorbed so if you shower daily you have washed it off. Get a good supplement, I buy mine from Credence.org

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I find vit d an absolute mystery as I was severely deficient and took a loading dose which barely lifted results into normal range (around 50) so at some stage got fed up and stopped taking it for a while, after which I tested around 100. I had spent over a month in a sunny place but it was in the winter so I was not exactly sunbathing in my bikini! Don't know if there is a long delay between supplementing and levels moving or what.

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