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Doctor insights on: Which Children Need Vitamin D Supplements

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Need advice on what is the the difference between calcium/vitamin d supplements and drinking milk?

Need advice on what is the the difference between calcium/vitamin d supplements and drinking milk?

Amount!: Vitamin d milk has 400iu per quart and 280mg of calcium per 8 oz serving! this is 1120 mg per quart! the usual ca-d pill has 600mg of calcium with 400iu of d! ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

Do I need to give vitamin d supplements to infants who are fed infant formula?

No: If your baby is fully formula fed, they should be getting enough vitamin d (400 iu/day) and should not need a supplement. If they are both formula and breast fed, you may need to supplement them with vitamin d if they are not getting 400 iu/day. ...Read more

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How many IU's of vitamin D supplements should I be taking?

How many IU's of vitamin D supplements should I be taking?

It depends on:: All adults need to take 5-8000 iu/day of Vitamin D3 in fall and winter months as we can not get any D from the sun (unless in the deep South). We can get adequate D from spending time in the mid-day sun in spring and summer, but if you don't get much sun or use sunscreen then it is reasonable to take D year-round. See http://tinyurl.com/m67hmkg ...Read more

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What kind of things would cause your body not to absorb vitamin D supplements?

What kind of things would cause your body not to absorb vitamin D supplements?

Vitamin D absorption: People who have had intestinal (gut) surgery may not absorb vitamin D as well. More commonly, vitamin D levels are more difficult to raise in obese people because fat tissue holds onto some of the vitamin D. If level is low, don't try to increase supplement dose without telling your doctor because too much vitamin D can be toxic. You will have periodic blood levels to ensure levels reach goal. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take vitamin d supplements?

No, but: You should ask your doctor to measure your vitamin d level. If it's low, you will need supplemental vit. D to raise it, and most likely to maintain the correct level. ...Read more

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What do vitamin d supplements do?

What do vitamin d supplements do?

Increase blood level: Vitamin d supplements are used to treat low 25 hydroxy vitamin d levels (< 30 ng/ml). Many different approaches are used ranging from a daily dose of 1, 000 - 10, 000 iu, to a weekly single dose of 50, 000 - 60, 000 iu. Due tp poor absorption the daily dosing regimen is preferred by many providers. Vitamin d levels should be followed and dosage adjusted to maintain levels of 60-80 ng/ml. ...Read more

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What time of day should I take my vitamin d supplements?

With largest meal: I think, for individuals who are currently supplementing with vitamin d to take this with their largest evening meal. ...Read more

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Are vitamin d supplements as effective as the sun?

Both: The best is to get both the sun and vit d3. Otherwise, one or the other is fine. ...Read more

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