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Is vitamin d a type of macronutrient?

Is vitamin d a type of macronutrient?

No: Macronutrients are carbohydrates (sugars and starches), lipids (fats) and proteins. Vitamin d is none of these; it's a compound found in a few foods, but mostly made in your skin when you are exposed to sufficient sunlight. Your body uses vitamin d in many ways. Macronutrient use by your body is somewhat simpler. Carbs are for fuel. Fats are for energy storage. Proteins are building blocks. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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A typing error of a pharmacist for vitamin d prescription of 50.000 u. 3 times a wk for a mo, was written 3 times a day per a month, consequences?

Typing error: The scenario you describe is potentially problematic. I don't want to be an alarmist, but I have seen cases of kidney damage from vitamin D toxicity. Toxicity is a risk for overdosing vitamin D and other fat soluble vitamin. Stop the vitamin D and get your level checked ASAP. ...Read more

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What type of vitamin D do you recommend for a person with hypothirodism?

What type of vitamin D do you recommend for a person with hypothirodism?

D3 because this is: the active form of D3 & a large majority of people do not convert D or D2 (the prescription form of D) into D3 reliability. However, the only way to know is to measure serum D3 concentration, not just D or D2. Beware that many OTC brands do not work well; I have seen great success with an OTC brand containing 50,000 IU derived from sheep lanolin; usually taken about once weekly. ...Read more

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Which types of pain and other symptoms can a vitamin d level of 12.7 cause?

Which types of pain and other symptoms can a vitamin d level of 12.7 cause?

Many risks &problems: Low vit d can cause fatigue, muscle pain/ weakness, headaches, depression and increases risk of infections, heart disease, cancer and risk of dying! most adults need 5-8000 iu of d3/day; avoid d2! see http://www.Drfranklipman.Com/symptoms-diseases-associated-with-vitamin-d-deficiency and http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2008/11/01/vitamin-d-is-a-key-player-in-your-overall-health.Aspx. ...Read more

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What is 25-OH vitamin D? i read about it in a study but dont know if its a type of vitamin D or amount of it.

What is 25-OH vitamin D?  i read about it in a study but dont know if its a type of vitamin D or amount of it.

Yes, Vitamin D: 25-OH Vit.D is the main form of Vit.D in our bodies. Our kidneys convert some of it to 1,25-OH Vit. D, but when doctors assess for adequate D they check the 25-OH form. The 1,25 form may be abnormal in kidney disease & rare conditions like sarcoidosis but is seldom tested. Most adults need 5-8000 iu of Vit D3/day to get optimal levels(less in summer if you get sun). See http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer ...Read more

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What type of vitamin d supplement is best? Otc or rx?

What type of vitamin d supplement is best? Otc or rx?

The natural: My advise would be to use the derived from cod liver oil. It comes naturally in combination with vitamin a. This is a very good natural combination for multiple reasons. You can find it in the vitamin shops .Look for capsules containing vit d- 400 iu and vit a about 2, 000 or 3, 000 iu. The usual recommended dose would be one capsule a day after meal. If you are sick you can take more. ...Read more

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Hypoparathyroid ca 8.3. Low vitamin d now. On calcitriol. 5 mcgs. How is it possible that I am low? And which type of vitamin d inactive or activeform

Hypoparathyroid ca 8.3. Low vitamin d now. On calcitriol. 5 mcgs. How is it possible that I am low? And which type of vitamin d inactive or activeform

Depends what taking: There are several stages in producing active vitamin d. The dietary form is converted into 25hydroxyvitamin d which is then converted in the kidney to 1, 25 dihydroxy vitamine d (the "active" form. The usual vitamin d lab test looks for 25 hydroxyvitamin d; Calcitriol is 1, 25 dihydroxyvitamin d. So if you are taking Calcitriol you may have plenty of active vitamin d but a low level of 25 hydroxy. ...Read more

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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

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I have a vitamin D deficiency arrived Unit 6 . How mony unite can l take.. What is the best type of medication for vitamin D?

D3: Hi. Most of us feel your serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level should be over 30; I try for mid-30's to 40's in my patients. Cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3, is what is most commonly used for nutritional replacement (ergocalciferol, or vitamin D2, is also used although less preferred than D3). You should take at least 5,000 units/day and have your 25-hydroxyvitamin D level checked again in 2-3 months. ...Read more

Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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