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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.
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    vit D made a big difference to my energy levels too. emoticon
    1940 days ago
    It took me doing 10K a day for about 3 months to get just to the mid-range. I just had a 10-month re-check blood draw done yesterday, interested in the results especially in light of the weight-loss barriers you mention. Thanks for the tip, I'm curious to read more. Best to you that this correction will help your body balance to healthy weight!
    2285 days ago
    My doctor has me on Vitamin D as well -- I had no idea that it played a role in weight loss! Well! You learn something new every day.
    2285 days ago
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