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How does vitamin d help patients with copd?

How does vitamin d help patients with copd?

No hard evidence: Vitamin d supplements don’t seem to help most patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd), according to a recent study published in the annals of internal medicine. Often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin d has been said to help fight inflammation of the lungs in patients with copd. However, most patients suffering from COPD are vitamin d deficient. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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If a patient takes tons of calcium and vitamin d and then the blood calcium actually goes down- what is this indicative of?

If a patient takes tons of calcium and vitamin d and then the blood calcium actually goes down- what is this indicative of?

Need an explanation: Blood calcium is closely regulated to maintain the precise electrical potentials that keep the brain and heart functioning. The amount that you take in, and the amount of vitamin d within anything close to physiologic parameters, has little effect -- fortunately. If this is hypoparathyroidism being treated & monitored, the illness itself isn't under control. If a lab within normal limits, ignore. ...Read more

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I am a MS patient. Can i consume OTC vitamin d pills which u get in bj's and in what measure should I take them?

I am a MS patient.  Can i consume OTC vitamin d pills which u get in bj's and in what measure should I take them?

Good question: Vitamin d is very important in ms and indeed those with higher levels do substantially better. Most of my pts take 5000-10000 units of d-3 daily, in divided doses, and we aim for oh-vit d-3 levels of approximately 50-60. It is in addition to baseline disease meds. ...Read more

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How would a patient respond to a vitamin d deficiency and why?

How would a patient respond to a vitamin d deficiency and why?

Supplements: After being diagnosed with a vitamin d deficiency, the best idea would be to start a supplement program in conjunction with your doctor. Vitamin d is necessary for bone strength and foe several other body processes. The problem is those things don't often cause symptoms for years down the road, so even if you don't feel different now, you will be thankful in the future for treating the deficienc. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of having a vitamin d level of 160 if the patient feels normal, in fact better than normal and no kidney damage?

What are the dangers of having a vitamin d level of 160 if the patient feels normal, in fact better than normal and no kidney damage?

Several: ....Bone loss, abnormal blood calcium, deleterious effects to the liver, kidneys and possibly heart and blood vessels. Like having high blood pressure, how the person feels just doesn't matter. You can have very high blood pressure, be at high risk for heart attack or stroke, and feel perfectly fine until a bad event happens. Safe vitamin d levels are between 30 and 80. ...Read more

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Side effects of vitamin d deficiency - are any symptoms obvious to a patient?

Side effects of vitamin d deficiency - are any symptoms obvious to a patient?

Often not: Because vitamin d deficiency develops gradually, a patient may not notice symptoms or attribute them to getting older. Fatigue and generalized achiness may occur. Sometimes the only way to know is to take vitamind until levels become normal and see what gets better. ...Read more

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What is the best time for sun-exposure in patient with vitamin D deficiency?

What is the best time for sun-exposure in patient with vitamin D deficiency?

Supplements are best: Though sun exposure will potentially help the body create vitamin D, the newest research suggests that sunlight is inadequate for vitamin D synthesis in most regions of the world and for people of darker complexions this is an even greater problem. With modern vitamin D supplements, there really is no reason to rely on sunlight alone to get vitamin D levels up. Skin cancer risk is another reason. ...Read more

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What is the best time for sun-exposure in patient with vitamin D deficiency? In iraq and Eastern populations ?

What is the best time for sun-exposure in patient with vitamin D deficiency? In iraq and Eastern populations ?

Mid-day: The sun has to be fairly high in the sky, at least 50 degrees above the horizon, for UVB rays that are needed to produce Vit D to reach the ground, so mid-day is the best time. For a detailed discussion see http://tinyurl.com/7kv5pgm From about 10/10 to early March the sun is never that high so the only way to get adequate D is to supplement- I advise 5000 iu/day. See http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer ...Read more

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If a patient had vitamin d deficiency for years will other blood results such as calcium show high or low levels?

If a patient had vitamin d deficiency for years will other blood results such as calcium show high or low levels?

Likely normal or low: Prolonged vitamin d deficiency can be associated with low circulating levels of calcium. Often, though if there is adequate dietary calcium intake and even occasional vitamin d intake through diet or production through sun exposure, circulating calcium levels can be normal (although other lab values such as parathyroid hormone (PTH) or alkaline phosphatase will be high and serum phosphate low). ...Read more

Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin D (Definition)

Vitamin d is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more