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Doctor insights on: Uses Of Vitamin D In The Body

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How is level of vitamin d in the body lowered?

How is level of vitamin d in the body lowered?

VIT D: Is made in the skin and the light spectrum needed is best between noon and three pm daily for 15-20 minutes -without sunscreen. Sunscreen blocks vit d synthesis by 95%. Staying indoors and not being in sun between 10 am and 4 pm reduces our exposure. As said before...Poor diet and chronic illnesses ..And living above the 34th parallel all contribute.Serum levels are optimal at 50-70. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Is it actually true that artificial tanning lights will promote the production of vitamin d in the body?

Is it actually true that artificial tanning lights will promote the production of vitamin d in the body?

Yes but NO: This will increase your active d levels but do so with a significant risk of skin cancer well out of proportion to any potential benefit. If you want a safe tan get a spray tan and if you want vitamin d go for the pill supplements. ...Read more

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Lack of vitamin d can cause pain i back muscles ?And is there some medicine that can increase vitamim d in the body?

Lack of vitamin d can cause pain i back muscles ?And is there some medicine that can increase vitamim d in the body?

Take Vitamin D: Vit d deficiency is very common ; chronic back pain is a common symptom.The best way to increase d is exposure to mid-day sun on bare skin but in most of the us it is impossible to get adequate d from sun in fall ; winter.At that time the best option is to take vit d3; most adults need 5-8000 iu/day to achieve optimal levels.See http://bit.Ly/1ekkvkv ; http://bit.Ly/1dc7vna ; http://bit.Ly/1fnt3ox. ...Read more

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Is vitamin d good for your body?

D does many things!: Vitamin d3 is quite essential for many things. The skin will make this on exposure to sunlight, but most people still need it as a supplement. It is necessary to absorb calcium from the GI tract, and prevent osteoporosis. But it bolsters the immune system, helps prevent prostate, breast, and colon cancers, and heart disease as well. ...Read more

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What does vitamin d do for the body?

Active hormone: Hi. Vitamin D per se has no direct effect in the body. Vitamin D is 25-hydroxylated in the liver. 25-hydroxyvitamin D is converted to the active hormone, calcitriol, in a tightly regulated step in the kidneys. Calcitriol is the active agent. It regulates gene expression in target tissues (gut, bone, muscle, etc). Calcitriol helps with calcium homeostasis, bone & muscle health, balance, etc. ...Read more

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How long does vitamin d stay in body?

How long does vitamin d stay in body?

Fat soluble: Vitamin d is fat soluble and can stay in your body indefinitely unless it is used up by not replenishing it. ...Read more

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How do our bodies make vitamin d outside?

How do our bodies make vitamin d outside?

Its made inside: Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin d. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin d. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc. Still, vitamin d deficiency is very common. ...Read more

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How long does vitamin d stay in your body?

3 mos: Vitamin d is fat soluble, so once your level is stable on replacement it takes up to 3 mos to decline back to the prior level. ...Read more

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Can I use vitamin d alone, im 40years old?

Can I use vitamin d alone, im 40years old?

Yes: If your vitamin d level is low, you will need to replace it with vitamin d. The "alone" or pure version is the quickest way to replace. ...Read more

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Can vitamin d already present inside our body?

No it is produced by: No it is produced by exposure to sunlight. ...Read more

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How many ways is vitamin d good for your body?

How many ways is vitamin d good for your body?

Bone health: It is widely agreed that vitamin d is important for bone health. Other benefits are controversial but include help in fighting infections, help in preventing diabetes, and help in preventing depression. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the body produce vitamin d?

Enough sunlight: Hi. Humans can make our own vitamin D in the skin upon exposure to UV light in sunlight. This vitamin D (vitamin D3) then has a hydroxyl group (-OH) added on to the 25 position in the liver in an unregulated step, creating 25(OH)vitamin D. This is then converted to the active form, calcitriol by addition of an -OH group at the 1 position in a tightly regulated step (regulated by PTH and FGF-23). ...Read more

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What's a good way to get more vitamin d in my body?

What's a good way to  get more vitamin d in my body?

Stay out: In the sun, but sunscreen will block the rays. Eat more food with natural or added vitamin d content. Take a vitamin d supplement -- usually 2000 u vitamin d3/day for most people. Check w/your doctor to get measured and advised. ...Read more

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What does vitamin d do for your body? Is it necessary?

What does vitamin d do for your body? Is it necessary?

Vitamin D benefits: Vitamin D can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, & even some cancers. Because many of us can't get enough from the sun, taking a supplement may be a good idea for some. Get your levels checked at your next check-up so you'll know if you need more. (Ref. bhg.com) ...Read more

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Dear sir, can I use 1000 iu of vitamin d per day for 1 month.

Vitamin D: Yes, but the dose is too small. One should be on 2000 to 5000 units of vitamin d per day. The recommended doses are changing. ...Read more

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What does your body do with vitamin d if it doesn't absorb it?

What does your body do with vitamin d if it doesn't absorb it?

Excreted in urine ;: The government requirement for minimum levels of vit d is too low. This is the level you need to prevent rickets! you need to have your vitamin d level checked in your blood. When you replace vitamin d with supplements you need to take vitamin d3. Excess vit d that is not absorbed will go out in your stool and urine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how your body produce vitamin d from sun light?

Can you tell me how your body produce vitamin d from sun light?

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is absorbed by your skin when exposed to sunlight in late spring and in summer. That does not mean that you should not use sunscreen. Enjoy your summer but also go to a store and buy vitamin D 1000 units - they are inexpensive and not harmful. ...Read more

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What's the importance of having enough vitamin d in your body/system?

Importance of Vit D: It is very important to have vitamin d levels over 30 in most of people because we know that vitd protects us against cardiovascular disease, cancers, cognitive impairment, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, asthma in children. Unfortunately we dont get enough vit d in our diet and do not get enough sun exposure to make vit d in our body. ...Read more

Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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Calcitriol (Definition)

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