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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you get a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 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 48-year-old member asked:

How can I get help for vitamin d deficiency?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 38 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
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Your PCP: Your primary care physician can easily run a simple blood test.
Garland, TX
A 43-year-old female asked:

What can I do to get my vitamin D be up?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 25 years experience
D3: You want to buy vitamin D3 over the counter. 5000 IU daily is a good dose. Monitor serum levels 2 mths later and periodically thereafter. Aim for 25 OH vitamin level of 60. I like Healthy Origins brand.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of a vitamin d deficiency?

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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 31 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!
A 42-year-old member asked:

How can I get enough vitamin d?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 38 years experience
Sun plus food: 15-30 minutes of sun exposure should suffice, but may not as you grow older. In which case, seaweed, kelp, salmon, almond milk, fortified foods can provide sufficient vitamin d. Ifyouareyounger than 70, it is recommended to get 600 iu and 0ver 70, to get 800. Supplements.
Last updated Feb 23, 2015

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