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Dr. Stuart Seigel
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Vitamin D Deficiency (Overview)

Too little vitamin D in the body.


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Are there of long term symptoms of vitamin d deficiency?

Are there of long term symptoms of 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).

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Dr. Stuart Seigel
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Vitamin D Deficiency (Overview)

Too little vitamin D in the body.


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What are signs of vitamin d deficiency in a child?

What are signs of vitamin d deficiency in a child?

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.

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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?

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.

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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!

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.

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What are tests for hyperparathyroidism and vitamin d deficiency?

What are tests for hyperparathyroidism and vitamin d deficiency?

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.

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How do you know you have a calcium or vitamin d deficiency? What are some signs you should look out for?

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.

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What may cause iron deficiency? And what may cause vitamin d deficiency?

Read on: Vitamin d deficiency is caused by lack of intake from milk or milk products and by lack of exposure to sunlight. Iron deficiency is caused by lack of iron intake in diet or loss of blood from heavy menstrual periods, surgery, injury.

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Severe vitamin d deficiency. And I've had 3 CT scans. Does that mean I have cancer?

Severe vitamin d deficiency. And I've had 3 CT scans. Does that mean I have cancer?

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...

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Is it safe to take alfacalcidol to treat vitamin d deficiency?

Yes: Alfacalcidol is a form of vitamin d that does not require renal conversion to be active but does require action in the liver to be converted to an active form of vitamin d.

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How can I treat a vitamin d deficiency?

Vitamin D supplement: Vitamin d deficiency is treated with supplemental vitamin d; you should discuss with your physician what is the most appropriate type and dose of vitamin d for your specific situation.

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What is the best treatment for a vitamin d deficiency?

What is the best treatment for a vitamin d deficiency?

Vit D supplements: Vitamin d supplements are the best and easiest way to normalize your level. Foods and sunshine are not nearly as effective.

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Can laser treatment for facial hair lead to a vitamin d deficiency or cause skin cancer?

Can laser treatment for facial hair lead to a vitamin d deficiency or cause skin cancer?

No: Neither has ever been reported. The wavelengths used are not in the spectrum to cause either condition.

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How long does it take to cure vitamin d deficiency on 2000u per day?

How long does it take to cure vitamin d deficiency on 2000u per day?

Hard question: Because a person may be getting varying amounts of vitamin d from the sun, how long it takes to build up or deplete will vary. That being said, vitamin d from food or supplements have a half-life of 20-30 days, therefore a month should be plenty of time to build up in the system. Thank you.

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Is it true that the sun can help get rid of vitamin d deficiency?

Is it true that the sun can help get rid of vitamin d deficiency?

Yes: It is true. Vit d is otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. You have to balance getting enough sun to raise your vitamin d levels but not enough to cause skin cancer i.E melanoma. Sunscreen on you will negate the vitamin d effect.

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I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency, currently taking fultium d capsules and calceous tablets, but I look really pale is this normal?

Maybe not related: Some people have naturally pale skin complexion and so it is normal for those folks. In temperate zone, skin tone is somewhat darker in summer months and gets lighter with fall/winter. If your skin has always been so, then it it normal. If new, then anemia maybe a cause. But doc told u having low vitd, likely anemia was checked. Adequate sun exposure will help. Good luck.

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Are type one diabetics at greater risk for vitamin d deficiency?

Are type one diabetics at greater risk for vitamin d deficiency?

Speculation: It isn't so much that those with diabetes are at greater risk for vitamin d deficiency as the other way around. Recent studies suggest that those with low vitamin d levels may be more susceptible to diabetes as well as other conditions. Time will tell. Those with type 1 diabetes may have lower vitamin d levels with a concomitant diagnosis of celiac sprue.

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What is the prevalence rate of vitamin d deficiency globally and in asia in particular?

What is the prevalence rate of vitamin d deficiency globally and in asia in particular?

High: There isn't widespread screening but where it is screened for in many cases it is low especially in the context of any kind of ill health. Surprisingly this is true even in tropical countries where one would think sun exposure would prevent deficiency. One explanation is that it is being broken down by free cadmium, an air pollutant that has been increasing. Poor nutrition increases risk.

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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.

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Why do I have vitamin d deficiency?

Why do I have vitamin d deficiency?

Intake and sun: Vitamin d can be ingested (in milk or supplements) and can also be created in your skin via sun exposure. The latter is becoming less common as most of us use sunscreen! vit d plays a vital role in bone development and woman are at increased risk for osteoporosis. Got milk? Increase milk intake, use supplements as necessary, and increase weight bearing exercise to build bone!

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