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Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin D (Definition)

Vitamin d is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more


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When you get a script filled for vitamin d from pharmacy what exactly is in it? Besides vitamin d, are there fillers, soy, other inert ingredients ?

When you get a script filled for vitamin d from pharmacy what
exactly is in it? Besides vitamin d, are there fillers, soy, other
inert ingredients ?

Yes-excipients: The Vitamin D tablet has only milligrams of Vitamin D, but the tablet weighs much more (a few grams I bet). Most tablets (not just Vitamin D) have excipients - fillers, coloring agents, gelatin (for the outer capsule). Each maker has their own proprietary "formula" for the excipients, so no two Vitamin D tablets will be exactly alike. In all cases, the FDA regulates what's used. They shd be safe4u ...Read more

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Vitamin D (Tip)

Vitamin D

Get out in the sun for 15 minutes each day to keep your body making vitamin d naturally. ...See more

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Vitamin D (Tip)

Vitamin levels are useful. Take vitamin d if the level is lower than 20, perhaps if lower than 30. ...See more

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I have started using a sunbed to help with my vitamin d deficiency. That works, right?

I have started using a sunbed to help with my vitamin d deficiency.  That works, right?

Bad idea: Exposure to the uv radiation from tanning beds can cause skin cancer, as can exposure to sunlight. If you have a vitamin d deficiency, the best way to treat it is with vitamin d supplements, either oral or injected. Foods such as salmon, sardines and fortified milk also contain vitamin d. Ask your doctor what your recommended dose is. ...Read more

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On my blood test, it show my vitamin d hydroxy 25 panel being 20.6. What does this mean?

On my blood test, it show my vitamin d hydroxy 25 panel being 20.6. What does this mean?

Seasonal too: One reason so many people have low vit d levels is because we don't get out enough, and have too little sun exposure. There is often a drop in vit d during the winter months. In addition to supplements, you may want to make an effort to get out in the sunlight more. Not "sunbathing", but physical activity. ...Read more

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Vitamin D

If you take vitamin d without accompanying fat, it is not absorbed. ...See more

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I am a MS patient. Can i consume OTC vitamin d pills which u get in bj's and in what measure should I take them?

I am a MS patient.  Can i consume OTC vitamin d pills which u get in bj's and in what measure should I take them?

Good question: Vitamin d is very important in ms and indeed those with higher levels do substantially better. Most of my pts take 5000-10000 units of d-3 daily, in divided doses, and we aim for oh-vit d-3 levels of approximately 50-60. It is in addition to baseline disease meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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