Role of Vitamin D

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2011-12-18 21:02:45 -0600
Started 2011-12-18 12:16:56 -0600

Vitamin D helps the body use calcium. This article describes the roles of various forms of D (D1, D2, D3, etc) and how they are beneficial to us. Might read this in correlation with some of our recent discussions about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and increase in Blood Glucose readings during the winter months when our exposure to sunlight is reduced.

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Young1s 2011-12-18 20:06:33 -0600 Report

Somewhere around January or February of this year my doctor put me on Vitamin D for three days. Due to my lack of eating enough, coupled with the fact that I was basically a shut-in (by choice), she put me on 50,000IU's (1 capsule for 3 dys). Seems dangerously high now that I read this article but considering my condition then, maybe it was warrented. I haven't been put on Vitamin D since.

Caroltoo 2011-12-18 20:20:24 -0600 Report

Short term use of 3 days must have been because she knew you were really deficient. Might ask her to run another count the next time you have blood work done and see if you are maintaining what they indicate is the optimal level…I'm no expert of lab work, but your doctor will know.

Young1s 2011-12-18 20:28:27 -0600 Report

Yep. That's what I was thinking when I read the article. It's already on my list of concerns for when I see her on Wednesday.

Caroltoo 2011-12-18 21:02:45 -0600 Report

My doctor has actually started preprinting it on all of her Lab Referrals so she can just check it off when it's appropriate, so it's definitely high on her priority list.

Caroltoo 2011-12-18 17:47:36 -0600 Report

This article suggests therapeutic does of D3 are in the 1,000-2,000 mg/day level which is considerably higher than the typically recommended dose. My doctor suggested I use 2,000 mg/day and test for blood serum levels each time I have blood tests.

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