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Old 09-20-2012, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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went to the doctor last week and my blood work was excellent except that my vitamin D was a little low. I should take 800-1000 mg of vitamin D once a day. What do you think could be the cause? Not enough milk?BTW my cholesterol was 154.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I just read online that milk, OJ, cereals with vitamin D and sunlight can help.I don't drink much milk except in my coffee and OJ i drink occasionally.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I got the same result from my doctor recently and I live in a very sunny and outdoorsy state. I just keep taking the supplements. You can also add certain items to your diet such as fish (tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines), mushrooms, eggs.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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My Vit D is usually so low it doesn't even show up. Waaay below normal range. I normally take 50,000iu per week for several months and then I am back to normal.

Right now I am taking 2,000 per day.

Sunlight is an excellent source but then we have to worry about the skin damaging our skin.

If you are in any pain, normally having your VIT D at the appropriate level will make a world of difference as well...
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Many, many people today have low D. Theories abound, but some of the more reasonable seems to be that even if we spend time in the sun we (properly) use sunscreen and wear sunglasses and hats, have shades/tint on our windows, don't eat the foods that contain it. Also some medical conditions are associated with low D. It's a chicken-or-egg matter. Do people have thyroid issues because of low D or do the issues cause low D? Same with depression and other mental disorders. But they usually go hand in glove no matter. Hypertension; osteoporosis; diabetes; psoriasis; celiac, kidney and autoimmune diseases, and multiple sclerosis also may be associated with low D.

Studies show that elders have fewer falls and better cognition if their D levels are high. To me, that alone is enough to make sure mine are appropriate. Plan ahead!

The good news is: supplements work and they aren't too expensive. Giant bottles in every dosage imaginable are quite reasonable at Costco and discount stores.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Many, many people today have low D. Theories abound, but some of the more reasonable seems to be that even if we spend time in the sun we (properly) use sunscreen and wear sunglasses and hats, have shades/tint on our windows, don't eat the foods that contain it. Also some medical conditions are associated with low D. It's a chicken-or-egg matter. Do people have thyroid issues because of low D or do the issues cause low D? Same with depression and other mental disorders. But they usually go hand in glove no matter. Hypertension; osteoporosis; diabetes; psoriasis; celiac, kidney and autoimmune diseases, and multiple sclerosis also may be associated with low D.

Studies show that elders have fewer falls and better cognition if their D levels are high. To me, that alone is enough to make sure mine are appropriate. Plan ahead!

The good news is: supplements work and they aren't too expensive. Giant bottles in every dosage imaginable are quite reasonable at Costco and discount stores.
Yep, goes in hand with m RA
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:40 PM
 
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Dietary Vit D won't do it! You have to supplement. When I lived in the sunny desert, my level was low. I started taking 5000/day and dropped/maintained at 2000.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Seems it's pretty common for many of us to be short on Vitamin D. Mine is, too, though I get outside for at least an hour/day. My doctor has recommended I take 4000 mg a day. It's OTC, not by prescription.

With age, especially, we find our levels low. This article is pretty comprehensive on why this happens--and what to do about it:

Vitamin D Deficiency - Health Problems Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:23 PM
 
Location: In a house
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There's "a little on the low side" and there's "serious deficiency." The OP says his doctor is recommending only 1000 units per day. That's not a lot, it doesn't mean he's dangerously low and needs to go nuts on supplements or obsess with the types of supplements.

Really, he can get 1000 units of vitamin D from a brisk 45-minute lunchtime walk, with his head, neck, and arms exposed to the sunlight and increasing the foods high in D vitamins, in his daily diet.

And yes, he -can- get vitamin D from his diet, I don't know why anyone would suggest it won't "do it." If he had to get many thousands of units per day, to treat a medical deficiency, then yes I'd say supplements would be necessary. But he isn't needing to treat a medical deficiency. His levels are slightly low, and his doctor only recommends 1000 IU, so his food and sunlight should be sufficient.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:26 PM
 
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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Sunny Climate Kids Low in Vitamin D

http://health.usnews.com/health-news...ugh-deit-alone

All 3 articles point to it being very difficult to get enough D through diet and/or sunshine. 40-75 % of people are still deficient despite eating foods with Vitamin D and getting sun exposure. Even living in sunny Georgia, children are deficient in D.
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