Doctor insights on: Can i get vitamin d through a window
Here comes the sun..: If the window is open and you're hanging out of it at midday, possibly. Sunshine through windows does not count, because it does not work. You must be outside around midday. Wearing sunscreen also diminishes the effect of the sunlight. Fair skinned, untanned people need less exposure as opposed to tanned, Hispanic or black skin. Over exposure has it's own problems so monitor your time in the sun. ...Read more
Yes: The sunlight through a window can still cause the activation of the inactive vitamin d in your skin to active vitamin d. ...Read more
If I stick my hand out of my window for 10 minutes a day is that enough vitamin d? I really don't want to go outside it's cold
Vitamin D: Absolutely not. But sunlight in and of itself will not increase vitamin d levels. The sun has to be at a certain angle in the sky. There is a physics involved. In the winter, in the northern hemisphere it is best to get vitamin d as a supplement since the sun is not at a good angle for this vitamin d process. ...Read more
If you are low in vitamin d is it possible to get enough through the sun, milk and other diet or are supplements necessary?
Vitamin D is vital: This is not a simple question. The more we learn about vitamin d the more it appears we should all be on supplements. The sun exposure one needs also includes the need for the sun to be at a certain angle in the sky and this physics part of exposure is partly why sun in general is not the key to good vitamin d. We do not absorb vitamin d very well from food. Many adults should not be on milk. ...Read more
You often can't: However a low vitamin d level is not the cause of your pain. Have it evaluated. If you need vitamin d take a pill. ...Read more
Naturally: 40 min weekly of direct sunshine to the face, upper extremities and lower extremities should be enough to give you the lowest amount of healthy, natural stimulation from uv light to produce vitamin d in your skin. If you live in an area of the world where there is lack of sunlight for more than 3-4 mos of the year, supplementing additional oral vitamin d may be necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sun: The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin d are found in beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Some mushrooms provide vitamin d2 in variable amounts. Ready-to-eat breakfast cereals often contain added vitamin d, as do some brands of orange juice, yogurt, margarine and other food products. ...Read more
If I put sunblock cream (spf 50 or 100) on my skin and expose my body to the sun, will I get vitamin d normally?
No: When the sun's uv b rays hit out skin, we turn inactive d to active vitamin d. So if you are wearing sunscreen that blocks those rays, then your body will not perform this process and you could be at risk for vitamin d deficiency. You can get a blood test to determine your vitamin d levels. ...Read more
What is the best way of improving Vitamin-D Deficiency? Which brand of vitamins would be beneficial for improvement? Should I get vitamin d prescribed
Rx Vitamin-D: There is a prescription version of concentrated Vitamin-D3. If you have a good drug plan, this is probably the least expensive option (for a generic copay). There are a few good brands out there - such as Thorne Research Labs, Pure Encapsulations and Designs for Health. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I take vitamin D and calcium every day. I'm 56 and was told when we get older the body doesn't absorb enough D from sunlight. Is this true?
Measurement Required: Cannot correctly begin to control what is unknown/not measured. Healthy vitamin D3 (what counts) concentrations in the 70-80 ng/ml range. Vitamin D is not absorbed from sun. Sun tends to trigger conversion of a little cholesterol in skin cells to Vit D, then converted in liver to D2 & by kidneys & other tissues to D3. D3 impt for Ca absorption from food, bone & muscle strength + immune function. ...Read more
I took 1000 UI of vitamin D and had dirhaea, I tried lower dose 500 UI, but still, why is that? Could that be overdose? I don't get much of sunshine.
Not overdose: It is safe to take 1000-2000 IU of vitamin D3 every day so what you took was not an overdose. Vitamin D can cause loose stools in some people. Try taking the 500 IU daily with your largest meal of the day. If that does not work then see your doctor for a vitamin D level to make sure that you really need to take it. ...Read more
Many symptoms ;risks:
Low vit d can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression ; increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer ; risk of dying! Most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day in fall ; winter months;you can get it by spending time in mid-day sun without sunscreen in spring ; summer;take d year-round if you don't get sun.
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Osteoporosis: Bone health depends upon vitamin D. Calcium levels, too. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) depends upon vitamin D to regulate calcium levels. While there is some evidence that vitamin D affects more than bone health, that evidence, while plentiful, isn't of the highest quality eg randomized controlled trials. Everyone agrees that normal 25OH D is more than 30ng/mL. But we disagree as to benefit if higher ...Read more
Vitamin D: Being low on vitamin D is an independent risk factor for major depression. Vitamin D is an important hormone for bone metabolism, so being low increases your risk for osteoporosis. Vitamin D is also important for the functioning of your immune system and being low is a risk factor for several cancers. It is critical in the operation of many genes. ...Read more
What can happen if you don't take your vitamin D pills can I just get Sun or do I have to take them?
It depends: If your Vitamin D level is very low (30 or less), taking Vitamin D supplements would be a good idea at least temporarily. You can also be out in the sun, but it will take longer to build up to healthy Vitamin D levels that way -- and presumably this isn't sustainable in your usual lifestyle or your level wouldn't be low in the first place. Your doctor who knows you can give the best advice. ...Read more
Vitamin D was 18, after improving diet went up to 23.1 in 6 mos. Now been in summer sun alot- recent test 23.6. Why won't food/sun get it any higher?
Would not worry: While many people believe a healthy vitamin D level has to be >30, I and others believe that >20 is fine. Some people seem to get more of a boost in their D level from sun than others. You could take a vitamin D supplement of 600-1000 units per day to safely boost your D level a bit but I don't think it is necessary ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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