What is vitamin d defeciency?

It's just that. The lack or low levels of vitamin D, one of the vitamins important in calcium regulation, bone health, immune function and cellular differentiation. It has a lot of associations with various ailments.
VitaminD level<20ng/ The level less than 20ng/dl is considered deficient and 20to30 as insufficient.For practical purposes anyone with level below 30 needs to be treated with therapeutic doses like 50000 unit per week for 8 weeks to load them up and then 1000 to 2000 units of vitD DAILY.
Vitamin D deficiency. The "normal" values for vitamin D vary between Caucasians, African-Americans, and Hispanics. Lowest in African Americans, highest in Caucasians. Regrettably many (?most) doctors are not aware of this and often prescribe unnecessary vitamin D. What is your ethnicity and what is your vitamin D level?

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What foods are high in vitamin d.? What r deficiencies signs?

Vitamin D foods. The top 5 listed at http://nutritiondata.Self.Com/foods-000102000000000000000.Html are: fish oil, cod liver vitamin d: 2217iu; fish, herring, atlantic, raw vitamin d: 2061iu; fish, catfish, channel, wild, raw; fish, catfish, channel, wild, raw; and fish, catfish, channel, wild, raw. Milk, too, of course. They list 100s of soures. Milk (with vitamin d) is the easiest or viactiv chews. Read more...
From the sun. Vitamin d is made in the skin by the action of sunlight. It is poorly absorbed from foods. Symptoms of its deficiency are extremely variable e.g. Autism is caused in some kids. The reason is that this vitamin has effectrs on every cell in the body. It is not just because it helps to regulate calcium metabolism. Read more...
Fish. Foods high in vit d: salmon, tuna, catfish, sardines, mackerel, cod liver oil, herring, eggs. Read more...

What causes deficiency of vitamin d?

No sunlight exposure. A major cause of vitamin d deficiency is limited sun exposure vitamin d deficiency can be caused by not eating enough food rich in vitamin d malabsorption of vitamin d from food in the intestines. Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, and cystic fibrosis. Obesity and gastric bypass surgery .Can also lower vitamin d stores in the body. Read more...

What is the outcome of a deficiency of vitamin d?

Several things! Osteoporosis and in men, greater likelyhood of prostate cancer and colon cancer, in women, more breast and colon cancer, and in both sexes, heart disease and stroke. Other problems occur, but I have highlighted the best defined! Read more...

I have a deficiency of vitamin d, what should I do?

Supplement D3, D2, D. Desirable concentrations of d3 (the one which counts, not d or d2) are in the 70-80 range. Search for a supplement which provides enough to raise concentrations, many otc &rx are not effective. Ones made from lanolin of sheep grown for their wool often work well, reasonable doses are often in the 25, 000 to 50, 000 iu/wk, often upper end. Allow ~3 months to check efficacy. Read more...

Can you let me know how many iu of vitamin d should I take if have deficiency?

Since is fat soluble. Alot! i fequently start people who are seriously deficient on prescription d2 at 50, 000iu ( 50k), twice weekly and then once monthly. Since it is fat soluble. Individuals with more body fat because of size or obesity take longer to replete. I recommend that everyone take at least 2000iu of d3 per day. Read more...

I had my vitamin d tested for the 1st time. Turns out I have deficiency. Can one estimate how long ago the deficiency started? Weeks, months, years?

Can guess based on: It's possible to get adequate vitamin d from sun exposure in spring ; summer- about 15 minutes of sun between 10-3 gives most people enough d if you don't use sunscreen. So if you get sun you have probably been deficient since the fall; if you avoid sun or use sunscreen it's possible you have been deficient for years. See http://bit.Ly/1dc7vna ; http://bit.Ly/166dliq ; http://bit.Ly/1cxzalv. Read more...