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Vitamin D Deficiency
Yes: Long term vitamin d deficiency in adults can lead to osteomalacia (bone softening) and osteoporosis (bone density loss, causing easy fracturing). Other symptoms of a deficiency of vitamin d are muscle pains, muscle weakness, and aches in the bones. In children, prolonged vitamin d deficiency causes rickets (bony deformities). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Poor growth, aching: Severe vitamin d deficiency in a child over time will produce rickets. This condition causes poor growth, deformity of the lower extremities and muscle aches. If diagnosed by the finding of a low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin d level in blood it also results in low blood calcium and phosphorus levels. If treated at an early stage with vitamin d the child should achieve normal growth. ...Read more
So I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency and I am only 20 y/o male. How can I increase vitamin d other than sun exposure? Through food?
D3, 5000-8000 IU day: When diet and sun exposure are insufficient to raise vitamin d levels many physicians recommend a daily dose of 5, 000-8, 000 iu of vitamin d3 . Once 25 hydroxy vitamin d levels reach 60 - 80, the daily dose (5, 000-8, 000) is usually cut in half and the patient followed to ensure the new dose is able to maintain therapeutic vitamin d levels. ...Read more
Blood test showed vitamin d deficiency. Why'd dr prescribe 1 pill (50, 000 iu) per week? A smaller dose 7 days a week would be much easier to remember!
That is an option: Vitamin d deficiency has become increasingly common. Taking 10, 000 units of vitamin d every day is a very reasonable approach as well. It is best to take vit d3 rather than vit d2. A cause of low vit d3 is stress induced activation of free intracellular cadmium which breaks down vit d. Doing other things to lower stress and inflammation will improve health as well. ...Read more
It depend what kind: The gold standard of diagnosis is the parathyroid immunoassay. Once an elevated parathyroid hormone has been confirmed, goal of diagnosis is to determine whether the hyperparathyroidism is primary or secondary in origin by obtaining a serum calcium level which is high in primary case, low in secondary cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do you know you have a calcium or vitamin d deficiency? What are some signs you should look out for?
History: Vitamin d deficiency is so common nowadays, with people not taking supplemented dairy products and avoiding sunlight for whatever resaon, that it's worth getting screened unless you supplement. Just feeling lousy, or having 'aches and pains', warn of vitamin d deficiency. ...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
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