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A 42-year-old male asked:

reason of deficiency of vit d3?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Most likely you: Are not getting enough sunlight exposure. And the dermatologists may disagree, but the use of sunscreens has possibly made this problem more common-although our society's indoor-oriented sedentary lifestyle is a primary factor. Diet is minor contribution. However sunnlight exposure needs to be in moderation! 15-30 min daily not during higher uv periods. Less if very light skinned. No sunburn!
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
It's the sources.: The major sources of vitamin D3 are dairy and sun exposure. Now, we generally tell people to avoid the sun because of its effects on the skin and development of cancer. And not everyone tolerates dairy so well, or even likes dairy. This is why vitamin D deficiency is so rampant. So the supplements of D3 have become useful sources.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the dangers of doubling up on vit d3?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Likely no problems: Doubling the recommended dose of vitamin D3 is not likely to cause any issues, especially if one is low on this vitamin. See your doctor to have your vitamin D3 level checked.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Vitamin D deficiency has been suggested by some to be associated with autism, but it is far, far from proven. I would look for other reasons for the improvement.
Jan 21, 2012
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are benefits of vit d?

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Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 35 years experience
Many: There are so many that i feel strongly that everyone should have a level drawn and then supplement to a level of about 75. Vit d is a strong anti-inflammatory and inflammation is at the root of all the bad things that afflict our health. It prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancers of breast/colon/prostate, etc, it prevents rheumatoid, lupus, dementia and on and on.. Start today!
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Vit D is an important vitamin for good health. However to state that 'It prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancers of breast/colon/prostate, etc, it prevents rheumatoid, lupus, dementia and on and on." is an over reach and not strongly supported by the scientific literature.
Dec 19, 2014
A 37-year-old member asked:

Why does my internist push me to take vit d if borderline low?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Good Health: Your internist cares about your health. Vitamin d is critical to good musculoskeletal health and helps to prevent and treat osteoporosis a condition in which bones become demineralized and more likely to break.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Does vit d have lots of benefits? What?

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Dr. Siranush Cholakian
Holistic Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Multiple- immynity-prevention of colds, cancers, control of chronique con.-diabetes, asthma, brain/emotional problems, falls, ... I advise cod liver oil capsules for naturally occurring vit a-about 3, 000 iu and vit d-400 iu a day ( from vitamin shops).My experience shows that taking vitamins from natural sources/from your food) is so much better-better effect at much lower doses and no side effects.
Dr. Robert Lutz
Dr. Robert Lutz commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
I agree with the benefits of Vitamin D which are many but there is no food that can give you adequate Vitamin D It comes from sunlight. Most people do not get enough sunlight, vit D, so I advise supplementation of usually at least 1000IU per day if you want the time of benefits it can do A Vit D level is a way to assess your need
May 12, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

What would be the treatment for low vit d(18.5ng/ml)?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Supplementation: Vitamin d below 20 is in the deficient range it can cause sadness, dental discomfort, feeling fatigued, poor skin healing as well as easy pigmentation. You need a loading dose of vitamin d 50, 000 followed by supplementation of d3 daily. Most physicians start at about 2000-5000units daily. If you have GI problems, you may not absorb as well and many alternative physicians offer vitamin d shots.

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