I live in a very sunny state (without cloud cover) and I was out in the sun quite a bit and I still had a deficiency. I ended up on 2000IU a day for it and was prescribed daily walks in the early morning sun, without sunscreen or sunglasses.
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I recommend omega 3's for increased absorption and production.
I was Vitamin D deficient and started taking Vitamin D (OTC) per the direction of my doctor. In the Winter, she has me double it. My spouse had a once a month pill prescribed. Both ways have really worked for us. It also helps with mood.
I take vitamin D pills daily and I am out in the sun most days for more then 30 mins. The doctor told me that some people just do not absorb it as well as others even if they are really fair in complexion. I live in the central US so I do get a good bit.
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My husband was also diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency.
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Me too. I'm taking OTC supplements.
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I'm also deficient in vitamin d so I have to take prescription strength vitamin d once a week for 12 weeks than go back to the doctor and be retested than I will probable only have to take the over the counter kind.
7/8/14 2:31 P
I am allergic to UV light so Vitamin D can be an issue for me. No, it is an issue. I've been taking supplements for years. I spend as little time outside as possible and when I'm out there I'm slathering in sun screen that gets reapplied every hour or so. Skin cancer (in addition to UV allergy) runs in my family. I'm not taking any chances. Plus I'm a red head with freckles. My levels seem to change without a good reason, although my remembering the supplements in the days before the tests probably ever help or don't help. But for the most part, as long as I remember the supplements I'm generally okay. I have other levels that are usually low. In my case, it's thought to be tied to a genetic condition I'm going through diagnostic process for. I think a lot of people are deficient in many things. My sister and I tend to run low on the same things and we eat vastly different diets. However, hers is likely tied to her daily medications. Good luck maintaining levels!
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Living in Alaska, this is a real issue for me. I used to be diligent about taking my Vit D but have gotten slack. This thread is a good reminder to get back on it. Thank you!
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I am enjoying all the comments regarding Vit D. I live on the West Coast aka Wet Coast so I supplement by taking Vit D daily and getting out in the sun as much as I can without getting burned. I am in my 50's and find it is harder to keep your levels up as you get older.
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As you can tell, Vit D deficiency is not that unusual. I take 5K a day and have my levels monitored yearly. I got a bit lazy the last few months before my last test and missed taking my vitamins several times a week...and now I'm low on D, iron and B12 again.
Apparently, yes. My tests came back with Total D = 20, D2 is less than 4. Symptoms I thought were low thyroid clearly are not, and overall, my other test results were also good. Just started on a D2 50,000 IUs weekly (prescription supplement). It's interesting that reputable medical studies show this is effective, but so many sources advise against D2 and urge "only D3." My manager suggested that perhaps my boss would be kind enough to encourage me to work on my laptop outside on sunny days, a couple of times a week. :)
I also had a Vitamin D deficiency. I was put on supplementation, and that helped, but still not in the reference range. He increased it. Again, an improvement, but not enough. Increased it again! *THEN*, after nearly a year of supplementation at higher and higher levels, I finally made it into the "normal" range. I'm currently on 20000 IU daily! ack! This is even with sitting out in the sun with a book for a while several times a week. This is a totally outrageous amount of supplementation, IMO... but if it works, it works. Keep in mind this is "it works FOR *ME*". And I'm under continual monitoring for it by our endocrinologist. I certainly wouldn't recommend these levels to anybody else.
Get your healthcare provider to make regular checks of your Vitamin D levels, and then follow whatever supplementation regime s/he suggests. The sad truth is that nearly everyone is deficient in Vitamin D. It's certainly worth requesting the test when you have your next checkup.
One crucial thing to keep in mind is that the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) aren't eliminated when you have excess. They're stored, and this can be just as bad as deficiency! Don't just jump on a supplementation with *any* of these vitamins without running it past your medical team first!
In re: the muscle weakness... have you tried magnesium? That's supposed to help muscle twitches, at least. Ask your doctor.
Edited by: EXOTEC at: 7/23/2013 (19:51)
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after a blood test, i was instructed to take a D3' 2,000 i.u. daily. that along with a iron for my anemia and B12. i'm a believer in the fact you shouldn't take supplements without blood work to tell exactly what's needed.
7/23/13 4:57 P
I started tracking vitamin D and find it's very difficult to get enough from diet. I'm assuming that, with the hot weather we've been having in the UK, I'm getting what I need but tend to take a vitamin supplement a couple of times a week (more in the winter) just to top up vitamin levels.
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It was recommended I take D3 by my doc after results of a blood test. I live in a sunny state and go outside often. The doc said that does not matter if your body does not absorb enough from the sun.
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I live in Ontario Canada and due to lack of sunlight in the winter, we all take Vitamin D from November to March or whenever the sun returns!
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Thanks for the feedback. I live in a hot climate and always wear sunblock when I go outside. I also don't like eating fish of any kind. I'm heading out of my 40's quickly so my doctor said all of these things contributed to my vitamin D deficiency. He is the one that prescribed the VITD2 weekly pill. I hope my leg weakness gets better. My number started out at 23. (Normal people have a number around 100) I get checked again in January.
7/17/13 2:29 P
If you can get out in the sun for about thirty minutes per day as well as continue your vitamin D tablet, you will REALLY see a big difference.
7/17/13 2:20 P
it happens in southern areas of the country too. because often it is hot and people don't get out in the sun much, or if they are out, they wear a ton of sunscreen.
I am curious as to whether your doctor specifically recommended the D2 to you. My doc very emphatically told me to make sure that the supplement I got was D3, and to avoid D2.
I started with a lab reading of 9 (yeah, just a tad deficient) and have had it increase up to 80 over the course of a year. I take 1000IU most days (forget it some days, and don't take it when I've been able to spend an hour or two outside).
Hope you're feeling better soon!
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What you're experiencing isn't unusual. I live in the Northeast. Because we don't have access to as much sunlight as other parts of the country, many New Englanders tend to be vitamin D deficient.
So, don't worry ! I have to take a D pill too. it's either that or go out and get some sun.
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About 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency. I am now taking a VitD2 pill once per week which is supposed to help my body absorb vitamin D.
For about 18 months I've been having weak leg muscles and no energy and difficulty losing weight even after weeks of working out. Finally, at my yearly check up my doc ran some blood work and found the vitamin D deficiency. I am back to working out and finally seeing results on the scale. It is going to be awhile before my legs start feeling better. I go back in 5 months for another blood test to see if my vitamin D levels are back on track.
Please let me know if any of you have had this problem.