A 26-year-old female asked:
my dad is 58 yr old his vit d is 8.5, dexascan show osteoporosis in left hip area nd osteopenia in rt arm.alongwith sacroililits lthip cause, medicine?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale answered
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
No wonder: The vitamin d3 level should be between 60 and 80 and as a supplement should be taken with a well rounded multivitamin and vitamin k. He may need as much as 50, 000 units d3 weekly. Vitamin d is really a hormone that is made in the skin by the action of sunlight and is thought to be the commonest "vitamin" deficiency in the northern hemisphere.
Answered on Jan 20, 2013
Dr. Chaitanya Mamillapalli answered
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Vit d replacement: vitamin D of 8.5 is very low, and will need vitamin D replacement as recommended by his doctor. Target vitamin D is more than 30. Management of osteopenia will take into consideration regarding all the clinical risk factors, and risk of fracture for the next 10 years. Recommend referral to endocrinologist for further evaluation.
Answered on Jul 19, 2018
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