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how do you get a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Vitamin D: We get Vitamin D from the sun on our skin. Now we stay indoors and use sun block so it is not reason we are deficient. Take at least 1000 IU per day.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Could I have a vitamin d deficiency? Do you get symptoms?

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Dr. Siranush Cholakian
Holistic Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Vit d is supporting the whole immune systems, besides other multiple organs, tissues and not only bone health as emphasized in the past. So when vit d deficiency/insufficiency - osteoporosis, low immunity with frequent colds, development of cancers, affects the brain function- dementia, depression, adversely influencing the diabetes and many others, .... Generalized weakness, prone to falls, .....
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can I get help for vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Sun and wild salmon: The best natural way to address a vitamin d deficiency is to get 15-30 minutes of sun exposure, ideally to your mid-section (belly). The best food is sea kelp, witth he the next best food being wild salmon. Many foods are fortified with vitamin d. Your last resort is taking a vitamin d3 supplement.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Where do I go to get tested for a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Jay Park
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Your PCP: Your primary care physician can easily run a simple blood test.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how long it takes for to get over a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Depends!: Vitamin d repletion takes longer when you have more body fat, since it is a lipid soluble vitamin, and your general size, independent of leaness. Usually on your dose you should see a significant rise in 4-6 weeks, but not knowing how low you were and if you are overweight, it may be from 3-9mo before you d is adequate! key factors: size; how low you were; and degree of obesity!
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A 49-year-old male asked:

If I have a Vitamin D deficiency do I get D3 from the store or something else?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Any store: Vitamin D3 is available in almost all drug stores and grocery stores, Take 2000-4000 units/day. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex.

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