Vitamin D Deficiency
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I have been on SparkPeople now for about a year. I have increased my physical activity and try to eat healthier than I did prior to sparking. My maximum weight loss was 15 pounds. But right now I am down 13 lbs from when I started and that is progress from the last couple months! I have lost and gained and lost the same 5-6 pounds. It has been frustrating to say the least.
Over the last couple of months, I have lacked energy and been really tired. I thought it was due to a nagging cold/sinus infection. But it seemed worse than normal. I had previously had my Vitamin D levels tested in March when I was doing my sleep evaluation, and my levels were low. My sleep doctor told me to take 1,000 units/day to try to raise the levels. I did it for a couple weeks and then quit for no reason other than I forget to take a pill every day.
Anyways, after my physical a couple weeks ago, I started again taking about 1,000 units per day and I was amazed how untired I felt. My energy levels were still not great, but there was a marked difference from the previous weeks & months.
This week I received the results from my bloodwork at my annual physical. I am significantly deficient in Vitamin D, tested at 17.1. So my doctor put me on 50,000 units 1 time per week for 12 weeks! Then 2,000 units/day after that. We will also test my levels again in 3 months.
Since I received this second diagnosis, I have been reading more about Vitamin D. It is a very common deficiency especially in Minnesota and similar climates. The main source for Vitamin D is the sun and in the winter I wear so much clothing with less sun access and in the summer I slather on the sunblock because of my fair skin & family history of skin cancer. Vitamin D is such an essential vitamin and it does a lot in the body. Studies have also found that Vitamin D is linked to regulating weight. I am hoping that if I get my levels up, the rest of the hard work I have been doing will pay off and I will start losing weight! At least the increased energy should help me exercise more.