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Severe Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms
Recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What are known causes of vitamin d deficiency?
There are three categories of problems leading to vitamin d deficiency.
--low intake of vitamin d: individuals on vegetarian diet & vegan diet
--low absorption from the gastrointestinal tract: individuals with pancreatic or liver disease
--inability to activate vitamin d: individuals with kidney failure. ...Read more
What to do if I was recently diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. What could be causing this?
Lack of sun & supps: Virtually all americans become deficient in vit d in the winter months if they don't supplement. It is impossible for us to produce vit d from sun in the fall & winter (unless you live in the deep south) as the sun is never high enough in the sky for uvb rays to reach us. Most adults need 5-8, 000 iu of vit d3 to achieve optimal levels. It is best to take vit a & k with d as they work in synergy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Family Medicine: There is no need to see a specialist for this very common northern hemisphere problem. Your family physician can manage this easily for you. ...Read more
I have severe vitamin d deficiency. Can I just skip the 50, 000 iu once a week pill for taking two 5000 D3 daily?
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I am suffering from severe vitamin d deficiency can I just skip the 50, 000 iu once a week pill for taking two 5000 D3 daily?
Yes- DON'T TAKE D2!: The 50, 000 unit dose of vit d is the prescription form, vitamin d2. Research has shown this type may do more harm than good! Any doc who prescribes it is not informed of the research. I advise that most adults take vitamin d3, 5-8000 units/day to achieve optimal levels, but 10, 000 is safe. See http://articles. Mercola. Com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/30/taking-the-right-type-of-vitamin-d.Aspx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had severe vitamin d deficiency which my level was a 6. I was on 4, 000 i.U for two months. Now level is 36. Should I cut down? How can I maintain?
How do I treat severe Vitamin D deficiency (5ng/ml or 13nmol/L). I spend at least 1 hour in the sun each day, uncovered but only 20 minutes at a time.
Many people take: 5, 000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily when their D level is low. It comes in capsule form and can be found in health food stores. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with severe vitamin d deficiency. I am really tired and don't feel I can't go back to work, how do I get my energy back?
Vitamin D: If you were diagnosed with "severe" vitamin d deficiency, your 25ohd level would usually be <20 ng/ml. For this, your doctor can treat you with 50, 000 iu d3 orally once per week for 6-8 weeks. This could be followed by taking 1000-2000 iu per day, with a re-test @ 3-4 months to see where you are. If the reason for vit d deficiency is poor absorption, your needs may differ. Ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vitamin D deficiency:
Why are you getting zolendronic acid at such a young age?
What is the vitamin D level that is so low, and, if so, why is it so low?
Please let me hear from you. ...Read more
No: Vitamin d deficiency can be from inadequate exposure to sunlight (plenty of that in la), sunscreen, dark skin, inadequate intake (not many sources: fatty fish, fortified dairy, foods), poor absorption, e.g. Gut problems like celiac disease, crohn's disease, kidney or liver problems. Lots of causes besides cancer, especially in an 18 year old. See if you respond to rx. Got symptoms, get checked... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Please do something about your vitamin d deficiency. If you have any reason to think you have real hypoglycemia, seek laboratory confirmation, especially if it's fasting hypoglycemia -- episodes of impaired mental function if you don't eat, corrected by taking glucose / orange juice. Your physician knows how to work this up; ignore most of the 'pop' wisdom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my severe vitamin D deficiency was caused by malabsorption, would oral vitamin D supplements work?
Can severe vitamin D deficiency (blood test positive) cause chronic nausea (amongst other things)?
Could my severe vitamin d deficiency be the cause of my extremely high complement ch50 level? C3 and C4 are normal.
No: I'd ignore the high ch50 levels. This is a lab test that's hard to do and even harder to interpret. ...Read more
Could a severe vitamin d deficiency mask primary hyperparathyroidism by lowering serum calcium levels? [would u see low-normal calcium and high pth? ]
Masking: Masking of hyperpara with low D is unusual. 40% of hyperpara patients present with vitamin D deficiency. It is important to get all labs checked at the same time (blood draw) to prevent confounding results from tine of day or day to day changes. The labs I check are: total calcium, ionized calcium, 25 OH vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus, creatinine, chloride, and intact PTH. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers