Vitamin D for Type II Diabetes

By kiltimagh Latest Reply 2011-10-13 22:41:36 -0500
Started 2011-10-02 12:19:25 -0500

I am extremely excited about a new development in my life!

I have had Type II Diabetes for 23 years and progressed to Insulin after 3 years of being diagnosed. I have suffered many of the effects of the disease…diabetic retinopathy (eye) and kidney disease being the worst.

I had a gastric bypass in late 2008 hoping to rid myself of this disease or at least halt the progression of its ravages. I lost a lot of weight, but not all of the excess and I still had diabetes(even though the insulin amount was reduced).

My doctor recently gave me Vitamin D2 , a prescription dose - 50, 000 units 2xwk. I have been on it for about 1 month now. I had heard at a Humana class that over 90% of the population is deficient in this vitamin, so I asked for it. We get vitamin D from the sun (which I have to avoid because of one of my medicines) and from eating fish (which I do not) and some from the additives to milk, etc. But that is not enough. Actually, at the Humana seminar, they said you could stand buck naked on the equator all day long and not get enough Vitamin D!!!

I take it on Tuesdays and Fridays. This past week, I saw the most dramatic results…I thought I had been CURED! I was having lower lows that I have ever had and had to eat more carbs…(which is not good for weight loss) I know it has had an effect on me and believe it will lead to a cure.

Ask your doctor about it. He may not know about it though. It's definitely worth a try. You must monitor your blood sugars frequently and be under a doctors care. After 3 months he will do a blood test to check your levels and may decrease you to once a week as a maintenance dose..

I just had to share. Does anyone else have any information on this????

8 replies

jayabee52 2011-10-02 19:19:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Kathleen! WELCOME to DC!

I take Vitamin D 3. I take a schiff 5000 IU gelcap 1x a day.

I really don't like raining on your parade, but I looked up Vitamin D2, and I pray your Dr is watching you VERY closely. 100,000 IU per week seems quite extreme to me.

I looked up what it takes to overdose and what happens when one overdoses. Here is an article from eMedicine health which tells about Vit D2 (aka Ergocalciferol) : I would caution you to pay attention to the side effects which can occur from "normal" doses and then to the signs of overdose later on down the first page. There is also a list of medications one should avoid on page 3 of the article

From reading that article I know that the D2 would not do me any good as I already have kidney problems, which the article warns me to stay away from it.

Additionally as it is often prescribed for HYPOparathyroidism I also believe I need to avoid it because I have the opposite condition HYPERparathyroidism and a little too much calcium in my blood.

I also need to research my own D3 intake and see if I would be better served by cutting back the dose of D3 or discontinuing it altogether.

I am glad that something is working for you and is having such a positive effect.
I would hate to see something like that turn sour on you. I wonder if blood tests should be done sooner than every 3 months. Just keep that list of overdose symptoms in mind and if any occur, get checked for overdose ASAP.

Praying that you have continued success with your Vitamin regimen

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

kiltimagh 2011-10-02 21:36:50 -0500 Report

Thank you for the additional information. I will look at it a whole lot closer.

Beata2 2011-10-02 17:39:43 -0500 Report

I Also take vit D. Living in the north we don't get enough sun due to short days and and cold ass weather. My doc said it's good for treating mild depression brought on by lack of sunlight.

Type1Lou 2011-10-13 14:05:13 -0500 Report

I started taking vitamin D supplements earlier this year after my endo discovered that I was vitamin-D deficient. I live in Florida and spend a good deal of time outside in the sun so lack of sunshine was not my problem. I take 3000iu of Vitamin D3 and prior to March of this year, my D levels had never been tested. They are back up in the acceptable range now. I have been on levoxyl for hypothyroid since the mid-80's. Seems that diabetes, thyroid-problems and vitamin D deficiency are not that uncommon in us PWD's.

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