vitamin d

By kmk1968 Latest Reply 2012-05-21 11:26:48 -0500
Started 2012-05-16 10:33:43 -0500

hi everybody, i was just wondering if anyone knew why someone would have a low vitamin d level ? i just started seeing an endo and she ordered bloodwork. she called yesterday and said my a1c was 6.2 ,my thyroid was good but i had a very low vitamin d level and to start taking 5000 units of vitamin d a day. is there a link between diabetes and vitamin d ? does anyone know what this is about ? thanks

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Jan8 2012-05-21 11:26:48 -0500 Report

my doc told me to get 20 min of sun /day and to take 2000 units/ vitaminD3/day. At first a derm doc gave me an RX 50,000/day and that was toxic to my body.

msann 2012-05-19 22:33:48 -0500 Report

hi my hubby have thyroid problems vitamin fell to 6 had to go on 50,000 units a week for 6 months now 1000 a day he feel better good luck

Caroltoo 2012-05-18 18:49:14 -0500 Report

Vitamin D3 is created in our bodies when the mid-day sun hits our skin, but we are all now trained to stay out of the mid-day sun because of it's intensity and/or to wear sunscreen. Either way, we do not get enough sun even when we live in Hawaii, like I do, or Florida, like Gabby and Lou.

Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with seasonal affective discorder (SAD) which is a winter weather related form of depression as well as with diabetes and alzheimer's. My doctor has recommended 4,000 iu/day.

Nana_anna 2012-05-18 19:47:55 -0500 Report

I live in Florida. I know that there are days when the sun doesn't shine. Like the last week or so. We have no cloudes in the morning, between 9 a.m. till about 11 a.m. is when the clouds start rolling in. Its not very unusuall that we can have clear skies at noon. We do every once in a while. But by then you can only stand to sit outside for about ten minutes during the summer time. If that long.

Type1Lou 2012-05-17 17:59:39 -0500 Report

My endo found I had low levels of vitamin D as well. I am 63 and of that age when the body is changing. I take 3000iu of D3 per day. I live in Florida where sunshine is abundant but do wear lots of sunscreen which may block the absorption of D. Sufficient levels of D are needed to metabolize insulin well as I understand it. Good that your endo checked for this.

kmk1968 2012-05-17 06:36:29 -0500 Report

thank you red flower lady and nick. well, i am definitly getting 'at that age" lol or pretty close!!

Nick1962 2012-05-16 16:13:10 -0500 Report

My wife (non-diabetic) is on the same amount. But as red flower below points out, she is also "at that age" and was told this was common. Of course the only sun she gets is the walk between her car and office door too.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-16 21:28:25 -0500 Report

Maybe you should go for a stoll together, they can be really nice:)

Nick1962 2012-05-17 11:12:31 -0500 Report

She is getting out more with an exercise program through local rec dept.. Trouble is we are at very different places for our exercise programs, and our schedules don’t mesh well, so time together is spent on things other than exercise. Hopefully, this will help with the deficiency.

Nana_anna 2012-05-20 10:07:40 -0500 Report

That is the same with my husband. I don't like the heat, but can tollerate the sunshine, just not so hot.

Nick1962 2012-05-20 16:35:33 -0500 Report

I'm not crazy about the heat either (I grew up in the snow belt), but I've adapted. If i know I'm going to have to sweat, I go out and do it, and try to get everything done outside at one time.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-17 16:24:28 -0500 Report

Is here program outside? Don't look at it as exercise, spend that precious time walking somewhere you like, park,beach outside market, etc. You can also park further away to where you want to visit and stroll hand in hand until you get there:) Ok, my husband and I are big on hand holding even after 33 years, it's just nice and gives that added affection from being apart for work and things.

Nick1962 2012-05-17 18:56:19 -0500 Report

Yes, it's at a local track near wher she works. Trouble is it's after work, and even though we get done at the same time, I'm 30 miles on the other side of town, so by the time I change and fight rush hour traffic, she's done. She's also taking a boot camp class at 7 am saturdays, but that conflicts with other seasonal commitments I made.
I've been power walking (well, more like power jiving when the music's good) for over 4 years now, and she's just starting to build up that stamina, so we pair up for maybe 20 minutes, then I'm usually left on my own for another hour.

Nana_anna 2012-05-20 10:08:58 -0500 Report

Sometimes we go to Wal Mart or some place cool to walk. Or I follow a walking routine on fitness t.v.

Nick1962 2012-05-20 16:36:33 -0500 Report

I'm lucky i have a treadmill. I jam to my music or watch concerts on DVD. She gets bored with that too easly.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-18 15:05:11 -0500 Report

That is so great! I heard that the boot camp classes will really kisk your behind? I can't do them due to back injury, hey, you better watch out, she may just pass you up when this is all done:D

Nick1962 2012-05-18 15:31:00 -0500 Report

Not a chance! She's gonna need more than one boot camp just to catch up! The the real work starts - cut the lawn and wash two cars in 100 degree heat.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-20 15:29:03 -0500 Report

I thought they were classes for several weeks? I guess it depends on what your looking for? I hate the heat so I would be doing it early in the morning!

Nick1962 2012-05-20 16:38:18 -0500 Report

Hers are at 7:00 a.m. when it's still pretty cool. Don't think she's gonna last the several weeks though. She's and "inside cat" and doesn't venture out much.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-16 15:57:02 -0500 Report

I was told that going through the change causes it as well? All you need is to be outside in the sun for an hour a day. You could do anything while out and don't have to be in direct sun to get the vitamin. Drinking milk alone isn't going to do it.

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2012-05-16 10:43:29 -0500 Report

Its actually very common in diabetics (or so my endo has said) I am also advised to take a Vitamin D supplement. I think part of the reason too has to do with Americans are not getting enough natural sun (because of all the skin cancer risks) and it actually drops our levels. You can probally google it…lol. Hope this helps :)

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