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I have chronic low vitamin d my levels are usually around 7...possible causes?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Lack of sun exposure: Lack of sun exposure is a major cause of low vitamin d level especially if you live in the northern us. Less likely would be lack of vitamin d in food, but also a possibility if you are on a very restrictive diet.
Dr. Chaitanya Mamillapalli
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Poor intake: 1.nutritional deficiencies can be a cause because not a lot of food contains vitamin D. 2. Malabsorption disorders like celiac disease, small bowel overgrowth syndromeis a possibility 3, low sun exposure
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
How much are you: taking? You may not be taking enough vitamin D or you may have malabsorption. Try taking 5000 units of vitamin D3 daily for three months before repeating the test for vitamin D level. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Need an absorption- : -test. Consult an UGI specialist for evaluation. Get a referral from your PCP. This will see if your intake of D-3 is absorbed or just passes thru your gut.

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