Make sure your Vitamin D level is adequate

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  1. ESOX

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    No. He is an MD.
     
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    I have heard of taking calcium supplements to aid in vitamin D absorption.
     

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    The VA checks vitamin and mineral levels on a regular basis. I have been on potassium, and D for a very long time, by order of my primary care DR.
     
  4. Gillgitter

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    Please don't. :lol:
     
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  6. StevenJ

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    I heard the overall prevalence rate of vitamin D deficiency was 41.6%, with the highest rate seen in blacks (82.1%), followed by Hispanics (69.2%).

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21310306/

    It's the other way around.

    Vitamin D aids in Calcium absorption.

    Dietary fat aids Vitamin D absorption.
     
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    My doctor prescribed Vit D for me, some years ago. Apparently my levels were really low. I take 50,000 units once/week, and supplement with 5,000 units daily. And my levels have been normal with this, for several years. I have no inclination to stop taking it right now.

    How have your levels been since the Dr advised you to start taking Vit D supplements, years ago, Jimbo? Mine jumped right up shortly after I started taking supplemental D.
     
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    Excellent thread!

    Last year I had a vitamin D deficiency (found through blood test) and while doing some research on vitamin D learned just how important it is to how our body functions.

    One thing I learned was that as we age our skin thins and our ability to produce vitamin D naturally is reduced.

    So, even if someone has never had an issue for many years the potential for becoming deficient can increase as we get older.
     
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    Me to but the potassium scares the hell out of me as it can change very fast. It did on me and I am still working to get it back to normal
     
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    Mine has been steady for a LONG time. It is one that can do you harm quickly. Just don't know a good solution.
     
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    My former PCP told me that you can't metabolize Vitamin D from the sun, only through supplementation. Same MD that told me Lyme Disease doesn't exist in Michigan after I had a positive test. I fired him a long time ago, lol.

    I used to supplement 5,000 IUs per day until my levels got to around 90 so I backed off to around 3,000 IUs per day. Now they're in the 60 range which is ideal. Before I supplemented at all my level was only 29.
     
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    I saw some reports on this and made sure I had enough vitamin D stocked up before people went nuts and bought it all. I have a Vitamen D deficiency and take 10000UI a day, and spend a lot of time outdoors and my levels are still borderline OK when I get my blood work done.
     
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    Nice reminder, thanks. Last year my Vit D level was 13. The doc put me on supplements and after 2 months if jumped to 14. My prescription refills expired and I have blown it off. I'm an outdoor junkie and hit the woods/lake/river whenever possible. Despite the sun it probably doesn't do a lot of good when covered up due to cold, bugs or trying to avoid melanoma with long sleeves and hoodies.
     
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    I am not allowed to have vitamin C because it greatly increases iron absorption. I have an iron overload issue. I cant have juice or any type of citrus fruits. I am not sure if C improves other absorption like vitamin D but I would think it is plausible. My dr tells me if I eat an ocassional apple or fibrous type fruit for some C i can but try to avoid any iron completely on days i do.

    I am also told tea and coffee is a blocker of iron absorption. Might block other vitamins?
     
  15. StevenJ

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    That makes you want to donate blood at Red Cross, right?
     
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