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Vitamin D Defficency
Treatment usu simple: Confirm diagnosis with simple blood test. Depending on the severity (how low you are) and whether you have any other medical problems that can be worsened by vitamin d deficiency, your dr can start you on high or regular dose vitamin d pills to replete and maintain your stores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: A recently published study showed correlation between low blood levels of vitamin d with the severity of eczema in children. Br j dermatol. 2011 may;164(5):1078-82. Doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2010.10147.X. Epub 2011 apr 11. However, there is yet a study to show improvement of eczema with vitd supplement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had my vitamin d tested for the 1st time. Turns out I have deficiency. Can one estimate how long ago the deficiency started? Weeks, months, years?
Can guess based on:: It's possible to get adequate vitamin d from sun exposure in spring ; summer- about 15 minutes of sun between 10-3 gives most people enough d if you don't use sunscreen. So if you get sun you have probably been deficient since the fall; if you avoid sun or use sunscreen it's possible you have been deficient for years. See http://bit.Ly/1dc7vna ; http://bit.Ly/166dliq ; http://bit.Ly/1cxzalv. ...Read more
Vit D: I like to get levels to around 50. You can supplement and/or get outside in the sun a little to raise the levels. ...Read more
Prescribed 50,000 iu a week of Vitamin D for sever deficiency measure of 8, should I take 10,000 daily or 50,000 on a specific day (i.e. Wednesday)?
Vitamin D: A dose of 50,000 is the correct way to increase your blood level of vitamin D when taken once a week. 4 weeks later have your vitamin D level checked again and if it is within normal range you can revert to 2000 units daily.If the vitamin D level is still low after 4 weeks of 50, 000 you should continue that dose for another 4 weeks but that does not happen often. ...Read more
No sunlight exposure: A major cause of vitamin d deficiency is limited sun exposure vitamin d deficiency can be caused by not eating enough food rich in vitamin d malabsorption of vitamin d from food in the intestines. Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and cystic fibrosis. Obesity and gastric bypass surgery .Can also lower vitamin d stores in the body. ...Read more
Supplement D3, D2, D: Desirable concentrations of d3 (the one which counts, not d or d2) are in the 70-80 range. Search for a supplement which provides enough to raise concentrations, many otc &rx are not effective. Ones made from lanolin of sheep grown for their wool often work well, reasonable doses are often in the 25, 000 to 50, 000 iu/wk, often upper end. Allow ~3 months to check efficacy. ...Read more
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