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What's a good way to ask to be tested for a vitamin d deficiency?

Ask to be tested. Ask your provider to draw a blood test to check your vitamin d level. Results will determine whether you really need treatment. Read more...
Just ask. It's a routine blood draw. Just ask your doctor to get this evaluated. I really don't see why anyone would refuse your request. Read more...

If I have a vitamin d deficiency, will sitting in the sun more often help me get more vitamin d?

About 5-30 minutes. Twice a week . Your body makes vitamin d when your skin is exposed to the ultraviolet b rays in sunlight. You probably need from 5 to 30 minutes of exposure to the skin on your face, arms, back or legs (without sunscreen) two times every week. Since exposure to sunlight is a risk for skin cancer, you should use sunscreen after a few minutes in the sun. Read more...

How did I get a vitamin d deficiency when I was in the sun this season?

Sun screen? If you cover your exposed skin with sunscreen you would block vitamin d production in the skin. Also if you don't have enough skin exposed to the sun you would not produce enough vitamin d. Read more...

I have a vitamin d deficiency (11 ng/ml) that won't get better. (i take 1000iu a day but levels won't rise) what would the recommended action be?

Prescr. Strength . You will need prescription strength vitamin d. Have your doctor prescribe it for you. It comes in doses of 50, 000 iu and your doctor can determine the regimen that is right for you. Read more...