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Does Vitamin D Thin Blood
Vitamin D3 is a fat: Soluble vitamin and is best absorbed when eating fats & if you are not fat/obese. If you have a bleeding ulcer it does not thin the blood further, and possibly isn't even being absorbed if you are not eating, because of a bleeding ulcer. If a person is obese/fat, it gets sequestered or stored in the fat, and not absorbed either. It is not known to have that type of relationship to bleeding ulcers. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No: A high B12 means nothing. If you have a low B12, you need to asking, "Why is it low? " and "What do I do to correct the situation before I end up with permanent brain damage? " If you're a non-supplementing vegetarian, please re-examine your choices. If there is any possibility you have pernicious anemia or another absorption problem, get worked up and treated. ...Read more
Yes: Hypervitaminosis d is rare but potentially serious condition that occurs when you take in too much vitamin d. Excess amounts of vitamin d can cause abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood, which can affect bones, tissues, and other organs. Left untreated, this condition can lead to high blood pressure, bone loss, and kidney damage. ...Read more
I had blood tests done and showed I was low on vitamin d how much vitamin d should I start taking a day?
Depends on Conc. D3: Like most issues, a judgement call. E.G. How hard to step on car gas pedal to go 60 mph? Gen. 30 nmol/l = lowest 2% pop. (; low-fat diet aggravates), >125 nmol/l >98% population. I usually recommend 70-80 nmol/l range, but little clear consensus or clinical trials to verify. If at 30 nmol/l or lower, ~50, 000 iu per week a reasonable dose, check in ~3 months then adjust down a little, as needed. ...Read more
I have been advised that a recent blood test shows my levels of Vitamin D is 8. What does this mean for me?
Serious deficiency: The level that you're at is critically low. You need to start proper supplementation right away. It's also important to take vitamin K2 and vitamin A along with D3. Make sure you have your doctor follow your blood levels until you get to 50 ng/dl. Get more information here www. Vitamindcouncil. Org. ...Read more
I just got my blood results from 25-hydroxy vitamin d its 23. How can that be? I'm in good shape and I'm 23 years old.
Mildly low: A level of 23 is only mildly low. Symptoms of low vit d usually do not occur until levels are under 10. Nevertheless, the current recommendation is to have a level above 30. Unless you are out in the sun all day long, most people need to take a vit d supplement (1000-2000 iu daily) to achieve this. ...Read more
I had blood tests done found out I'm vitamin d defecient I'm not sure how bad it is I'm taking 2000iu a day is this enough?
Listen to your body: In canada one can not get sufficient vit d from sun from sept to april because of the slant of the sun. Tobacco, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise lower vit d levels possibly through effects of free cadmium. In addition to taking supplemental vit d3 up to 10, 000 units a day with vit k2 100mcg a day it is a good idea to optimize health. ...Read more
I recently had a blood test, & found out I was low on vitamin d. How many IU's should I take per day? I was told around 2000. I'm 18. Score was 27.
2000 IU okay: Taking 2000 IU of vitamin D3 daily will be sufficient. 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, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I have a blood test tmrw afternoon to check my vitamin d. When do you have to fast for a blood test? I don't have to right? I forgot to ask. Thanks.
Not necessary but...: No, you do not have to fast for this test, but it is wise to not eat much within a couple of hours of any blood test as shortly after a meal your blood will be loaded with triglycerides which reduces the amount of serum available for testing. So I advise either eating a light lunch or waiting about 3 hours after eating- but that is not absolutely essential. ...Read more
Athlete. 112 lbs. Took 50000iu/day vitamin d for 3 months but 25-oh d blood test still normal. How is this possible? Is it bc I move alot/use up more
Blood test came back low vitamin d. Dr recommends 2000 iu daily 50000 iu weekly. Does that seem excessive? Could low vit d be caused by deposit shot?
Safe: Use d3 as it is better absorbed and safer than d2. I routinely dose 5000 iu daily. Just recheck vit d levels in 2-3 months and adjust intake accordingly. Aim for serum level close to 60. ...Read more
? on Vitamin D blood work. Vit D 1, 25 is high at 73 (rg 18-72). Vit D, 25-OH, Total is low at 26 (rg 30-100). Is there any significance to imbalance?
I recommend: 25-hydroxy vitamin D 3 level of 50-66 ng (not nanomols)/L. this usually requires around 5000 units D3 at least 5 days a week. For further wellness protecting goals and numbers you may consult me on health tap. H Robert Silverstein MD, FACC. Recommended reading www. Thepmc. Org ...Read more
Had 2 blood panels done 45 days apart. My calcium went from 9.0 - 10.1. Started 2000iu of vitamin D recently. Could that be the cause? Should I worry?
No concern usually: It's possible that the Vitamin D may have caused the elevation, particularly if you had significant vitamin D deficiency. 2000 units of Vitamin D is a relatively small dose and should not cause hypercalcemia (unless you had a co-existing primary hyperparathyroidism in which case hypercalcemia could develop with vitamin D repletion). ...Read more
Blood result showed that I was deficient of vitamin D. I scored half of what a normal level is. Type of vitamin D should I take and how much (IU) a day?
5-10, 000 iu D3/day: With levels that low I advise you start by taking 10, 000 iu of D3 a day for 2 months, then reduce to 5-8000 iu/day. At some point you should recheck your levels. Optimal levels are 50-80. It is best to take Vitamin K along with D and make sure you are getting Vit A as these vitamins work synergistically. Avoid D2, which is dangerous! See http://tinyurl. Com/mkjempg & http://tinyurl. Com/l49p4rg ...Read more
Why have lab tests: You don't know what you don't know. I deal with a proactive approach to health in functional medicine, so I do a lot of labs. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so you want to know your level before you take a very high dose. Being low is a risk factor for osteoporosis, major depression, and even increases your risk for several cancers. ...Read more
Vitamin D toxicity: No. Vitamin d has no known adverse effects up to levels of 100 ng/ml. Obvious signs of toxicity emerge at levels above 150 ng/ml. Signs of toxicity include: constipation; decreased appetite (anorexia); dehydration; fatigue; irritability; muscle weakness; vomiting; heart rhythm abnormalities; kidney stones; and polyuria (frequent urination). ...Read more
Very common: It is very common to see low vitamin d levels in people these days. We make vitamin d by exposure to the sun and many people do not get enough sun exposure or should not because of skin cancer risk. People with low vitamin d can be at risk for chronic pain and may even be at risk for certain cancers. Talk to your doctor about taking a d supplement. ...Read more
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