Thank you for sharing the Vitamin D article. It was a little confusing to me, but my endocrine has me on Vit D supplements, not sure what blood test was used to determine my Vit D deficiency, but it is definitely something I'll be asking about.
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I haven't read the whole thing but this should be an interesting article to read. I have read that auto immune issues could be helped with D supplementation... but perhaps they have run with it because D supplementation in MS patients has helped some patients. I live in a area that has lots of sunshine and I still need supplementation.
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Thank YOU for sharing this great information. Living in the Northwest where we do not get a lot of natural Vit D, I became aware from a neurosurgeon that indicated MS is highest in this area than any other in the US (this was many years ago). Just wanted to chime in on that as I do believe that there is a direct link between sunlight and MS. Appreciate the link and thanks again!
Ya, from what I've read about MS, living in areas that don't get adequate sunlight for vitamin D formation... such as the North... is a risk factor in MS.
What interested me in this article was the questions it raised about long term supplementation of Vitamin D. Most studies on supplementation focus on the short term effects.
There's no question as to the short termed benefits, since vitamin D functions as a steroid in the body (technically D is a secosteroid and really not a vitamin). Steroids (cortisol as an example)are known inflammation fighters... but for the short term.
We all know the changes that high cortisol over time makes in the body... deposition of abdominal fat, thinning skin, etc.
The article equates the wholesale recommendations for supplementation without fully knowing how Vitamin D works in the body, to the earlier trials for women, with HRT.... hormone replacement therapy. It suggests that there may be consequences for those keeping our levels of D elevated long term.
: ) Mzzchief
Edited to add: Spirit... I'd love it if you could print the article out and give it to one of your doctors, get their take on it.
I'm not sure really what to think.. which is why I've posted the article.
Like you, I have to take a huge amount of vitamin D simply to stay in range. Although I have not tested myself recently to see where my levels are... if there's been a change now that my thyroid is balanced.
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 4/7/2013 (13:50)
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is the D3 different from this 25D they talk about - ?? ADD- I can not read all that - but I have heard and read short things about needing D.. even with 5,000 a day my bloodwork shows 1/2 way in the range - I take that as good and not high.... glad you linked that, I saved it and will ask one of my many docs... :0)
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