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I have a deficiency of vitamin d, what should i do?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Supplement D3, D2, D: Desirable concentrations of d3 (the one which counts, not d or d2) are in the 70-80 range. Search for a supplement which provides enough to raise concentrations, many otc &rx are not effective. Ones made from lanolin of sheep grown for their wool often work well, reasonable doses are often in the 25, 000 to 50, 000 iu/wk, often upper end. Allow ~3 months to check efficacy.

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What are the symptoms of deficiency of vitamin d?

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Many: Possible, pain, numbness or paresthesias, fatigue, mental issues, etc...
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the outcome of a deficiency of vitamin d?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Several things!: Osteoporosis and in men, greater likelyhood of prostate cancer and colon cancer, in women, more breast and colon cancer, and in both sexes, heart disease and stroke. Other problems occur, but I have highlighted the best defined!
A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes deficiency of vitamin d?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
No sunlight exposure: A major cause of vitamin d deficiency is limited sun exposure vitamin d deficiency can be caused by not eating enough food rich in vitamin d malabsorption of vitamin d from food in the intestines. Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and cystic fibrosis. Obesity and gastric bypass surgery .Can also lower vitamin d stores in the body.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why do I have vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology 23 years experience
Intake and sun: Vitamin d can be ingested (in milk or supplements) and can also be created in your skin via sun exposure. The latter is becoming less common as most of us use sunscreen! vit d plays a vital role in bone development and woman are at increased risk for osteoporosis. Got milk? Increase milk intake, use supplements as necessary, and increase weight bearing exercise to build bone!
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Several things: First an inadequate amount of vitamin d in the diet, or the inability to absorb vitamin d and fats (d is fat soluable). Also, inadequate exposure to sunlight, which converts vitamin d to its active form. Being a radiologist and working in a dark room all day, i'm surprised more of my colleagues don't have it!

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