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Can deficiency of vitamin D cause autoimmune diseases?

Can deficiency of vitamin D cause autoimmune diseases?

Good question: Vit D3 is considered important in immune regulation. Thus theoretically, the answer is yes, but in reality, no such association has been proven. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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In which autoimmune diseases/disorders do you find dysfunction of the "vitamin d receptor"?

In which autoimmune diseases/disorders do you find dysfunction of the "vitamin d receptor"?

Potentially many: There are in fact many autoimmune diseases which have vitamin d dysfunction associated with them. Lupus is the most common one, but others are also seen. A publication on this topic is quite good, although technical: rheumatology. 2012 apr;51(4):644-52. Hope this will help you. ...Read more

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How much vitamin D3 should be given to individuals afflicted with an autoimmune disease?

How much vitamin D3 should be given to individuals afflicted with an autoimmune disease?

Vitamin D: Your doctor can check a vitamin d3 level in your blood. Your blood level will determine how much vit d3 supplementation you will need. The levels can be followed as needed. ...Read more

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I had some blood results to see if I have auto immune disease. Vitamin d 16, uric acid 2.6, ESR was 19. Are these normal. Also I am female age. 51?

I had some blood results to see if I have auto immune disease. Vitamin d 16, uric acid 2.6, ESR was 19. Are these normal. Also I am female age. 51?

Low Vit D, others OK: None of these tell if you have autoimmune disease (ad). You have low d, which increases risk of autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer etc.- most adults need 5-8000 iu of d in fall ; winter for optimal levels- see http://bit.Ly/1gnxnk0 ; http://bit.Ly/1ekkvkv normal uric acid shows you don't have gout. Esr is often high in autoimmune disease but you are on already on meds for ad that lower esr. ...Read more

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Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Are foods high in folic acid, and vitamin d good for people with auto immune diseases?

Absolutely: Folic acid and vitamin d are excellent nutrients/vitamins that provide significant qualities known to assist the bodies immune system. ...Read more

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My Ferritin levels are high at 283, vitamin D low at 17. No hemochromatosis. Undiagnosed autoimmune. Possible causes? Are these related medically?

My Ferritin levels are high at 283, vitamin D low at 17.  No hemochromatosis. Undiagnosed autoimmune. Possible causes? Are these related medically?

Not related: Deficiency of vitamin D is very common. You can easily address that by taking vitamin D3 supplement at a dose of about 5000 units/day for three months. After that you may take abut 2000 units/day. ...Read more

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I have pbc, overlap of autoimmune hepatitis, current vitamin d level is low (on 50, 000 iu/week). Can I do anything to relieve the chronic fatigue?

I have pbc, overlap of autoimmune hepatitis, current vitamin d level is low (on 50, 000 iu/week). Can I do anything to relieve the chronic fatigue?

Fatigue with PBC: I truly sympathize with you, as I have patients with the same complaint. You should work with your gastroenterologist as i see no medication that is used for pbc. There is no cure at this time, but there are some medications that can be tried, probably not to necessarily make it better, but, at least, to prevent the speed of the worsening. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...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