Vitamin D Deficiency and Diabetes

By Crashnot Latest Reply 2010-11-24 15:33:43 -0600
Started 2010-11-20 20:50:09 -0600

The international Vitamin D study site now has a wonderful page that pulls together all the info on vitamin D deficienc and how it correlates to incidence of type 1 diabetes, cancer, skin cancer, and I don't remember what all else.

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BIRDY 2010-11-22 12:48:39 -0600 Report

mine was tested 2 weeks ago and it was 51.6 (range is 20-50 for winter).Vitamin D works with calcium so that your calcium level also must be high if you are taking D supplements.

Crashnot 2010-11-23 16:30:23 -0600 Report

Any number below 50 means that your body is using the D as soon as it absorbs it, below 50 is considered deficient, but yes, 20-50 is about normal for the northern hemisphere. It just isn't ideal. I was 18 the first time I tested it in the winter (February), and then got it to 48 on supplements the next winter. Now that my intestines have healed from celiac damage, I'm hoping I can get to 60 for this winter.

Crashnot 2010-11-21 21:20:48 -0600 Report

Gabby, I can't find the other D response you made, so will answer it here. Your doctor can do a D test for you, but it's just as easy to order one from that site and do it yourself. It's a simple finger-prick and blot test, certainly easy enough for anyone who tests their blood sugar! The results from their tests are added to the huge database they have developed, to help make more D connections to various diseases that may be related to it, so it serves a good purpose. The tests are $55 now I think. Info is on the site.

GabbyPA 2010-11-22 10:23:36 -0600 Report

Cool, and then do you need to do it annually or more often?

Crashnot 2010-11-23 16:31:18 -0600 Report

It's ideal to test in the middle of the winter, say January or February, and again in the summer when you're getting a proper dose of sunshine. That helps tell what your body will run best at. On a budget, I'd just do it in the winter to help adjust your dosages.

GabbyPA 2010-11-21 10:40:22 -0600 Report

This is a very informative paper, thank you. I am surprised that our summer numbers don't get as high as the southern hemisphere summer numbers for UV rays. Their summer band is much wider and much more intense. How interesting. Maybe I need to move to Australia! Been there would love to live there.

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