Vitamin D

Kim-islet transplant
By Kim-islet transplant Latest Reply 2010-12-12 00:06:59 -0600
Started 2010-06-19 13:49:38 -0500

My endocrinologist recommended I start taking 2000mg Vitamin D3 daily. She said that Vitamin D is excellent for blood glucose control. Has anyone heard otherwise?

I just thought I would share.

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squog master
squog master 2010-12-12 00:06:59 -0600 Report

I started taking Calcium w/ vit D in college when my mother was diagnosed with Osteoperosis. Her Dr said it can be hereditary so it wouldn't hurt to start then. In all my jobs I've worked with kids mainly outdoors, even in winter. About 2 years ago my Rheumatologist calls and tells me I have a severe vitamin D defeciency. At that time I was getting 2-3 hrs a day outside w/ the kids. He started me on prescription vitamin D. It was a mega dose of 50,000mg once a week. I stared getting severe stomach cramps. They would happen 2-3 days after taking the mega dose. I would get them every evening for 2-3 days, lasting from 3-6 hrs. Then they would subside. and the process would start over again after each dose. My dr said it was one of the side effects & if I could put up with it for 3-4 months to get my vit D level to where it should be then we could back off to 2000mgs OTC. Well, not one to give in too easily, I persevered. The cramps backed off some when I went to the OTC dosage, but not completely. 6 months after starting on the mega doses, I ended up with emergency surgery for a hernia. In the ER the dr asked me how long I had had the hernia. I was obese and I said to him. "What Hernia?" We have not been able to establish if the original cramping was the hernia or if it contributed to it. We also never figured out why my Vit D went so low to begin with.

GabbyPA 2010-06-20 11:26:07 -0500 Report

I was taking it, but I stopped because of the articles I was reading on how we get plenty from just 30 minutes outside. I live in Florida, and since I am outside every day, I figured I was wasting my money on something I could get for free. The other reason was that the build up of it when you get it from a single dose supplement. I am not saying don't take it. I am just explaining why I stopped taking mine. I was taking 3000mg a day.
I also was not taking it for glucose control, but for immune system. I have not heard of it helping diabetics with control, but I have heard that D is often lacking in diabetics.

Crashnot 2010-06-19 14:56:47 -0500 Report

I swear by my 3,500 mg/day in the winter! But being Type 1 I can't say it's made me more sensitive. Guess I better try it on my desk-bound hubby who never sees the sun and see what it does for his Type 2! He was taking D over the winter anytime he felt a cold coming on, but he doesn't test regularly enough to determine if there was a change in his sensitivity.

RAYT721 2010-06-19 14:56:13 -0500 Report

I am taking calcium with Vitamin D in it. I also take fish oil, cinnamon, a multivitamin, and I am going to start taking a low dose aspirin for heart health. I ran it all past my doctor and pharmacist who said they were fine. The only thing that I was taking but stopped was glucosamine which they say raises blood sugar levels. Your body may like or not like any of the supplements so anything is worth trying. A good multivitamin should have all you need of everything in addition to proper nutrition.

Kim-islet transplant
Kim-islet transplant 2010-06-19 15:02:02 -0500 Report

I've found that I don't get sick much. I don't know if it's because of all the vitamins I take or not but in addition to Vitamin D 2000mg I take: Calcium 500mg twice daily, salmon oil, ferrachel (Iron), Vitamin C 500mg, Vitamin B Complex, Multi-vitamin, and Cranberry supplement - and of course I use cinnamon in my coffee.

MAYS 2010-06-19 14:40:03 -0500 Report

It's a back and forth issue as is everything, but it can't hurt to try it for (6) months or more and see what happens.

These links may interest you:

One of the members here (crashnot) is very knowledgeable and helpful on this subject, she may be able to answer any questions that you may have.


monkeymama 2010-06-19 14:09:39 -0500 Report

I haven't heard of this one but I am taking 1,000 mg of cinnamon to help with my sugar metabolism. I will have to look into this.

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