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Been reading a bit about the lung-health promoting properties of Vit. D. Feel fortunate to be fully retired in Texas which affords plenty of “D” with zero reliance on supplements. Don
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Don, did the readings recomend a dose?
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I always have my vitamin D monitored. I had low levels after starting the antibiotic regimen.
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Don, are you getting your vitamin D from sunshine, or longhorn bull's milk? (LOL)
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@kayskid – While I was on the Big 3, my ID doc recommended 5000 iu per day of Vitamin D3 as I was also very low. Now that I am off antibiotics, I am waiting to have my levels checked with my next labs.
Like Don, I think I get plenty without the supplement by spending hours every day outdoors (well, maybe not in winter if we have to stay in the frozen north this year.) For anyone taking calcium supplements, adequate Vitamin D levels are crucial to being able to absorb it.
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The recommended daily amount of vitamin D is 400 international units (IU) for children up to age 12 months, 600 IU for ages 1 to 70 years, and 800 IU for people over 70 years.Oct 18, 2017
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Vitamin D – Mayo Clinic
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Dr. Michael Holick is a putative A to Z expert On D. His book, “The Vitamin D Solution” will arm you with enough nickel knowledge to convince those around you that you really know your stuff. Of course it may also convince them that you’re also really boring. So be careful. Don
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I tried Terri, but I couldn’t find a spigot high nor low on the BULL.
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I live in Fl lots of sunshine. But my doc says that doesn’t matter if your body doesn’t produce it. My levels were very low. I can maintain 50 only by taking 5000 mg a day. So you really need to know your levels
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Chatty, Well you're staying very comfortably above the common cutoff of 30. I think most docs aren't very concerned if pt no. is in the 20's, but below 20 starts getting their attention. i was surprised at my last check my number was at the highest I've known it to be (37.4) since starting sunbathing. I take it from your post that you maintain an acceptable level only by supplementation.
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@chattey2 oh wow that is interesting, better get my levels tested, thanks for the info. Heather
Some medications and numerous medical conditions can lower vitamin D like Kidney & liver disease or you take anticonvulsants and also diabetes and many other medical conditions. I take anti-convulsant and when my level was first checked it was way down into the low single digits. I took 6000 units a day for quite some time and now I’m down to 2000 units. My mom was on thyroid medication and her doctor had her take 1000 mg a day.
Although it takes a lot for vitamin D to be toxic to your body the problem is that it makes you build up calcium in your blood which can be dangerous and may cause calcium kidney stones.
Here is some information on vitamin D toxicity from Mayo Clinic.
A lot of people think that if a little bits good a whole lot more is better which is not the case so if you do take vitamin D supplements do it wisely and ask your doctor.
@jakedduck1 Oh wow, thanks for that I will have a look.
Thank you, Sue. I take 2000 now and that may not be enough. I try to spend a lot of time outdoors, but fall is coming and we live in Maine.
Do you know what your vitamin D level is?
I don’t understand why your doctor wants you to take so much vitamin D. That amount is definitely not needed for the absorption of calcium. Are you taking medications that effect/deplete your vitamin D? 4,000IU is considered the daily maximum dose. I’m curious as to why your doctor wants you to take so much? if your vitamin D is extremely low I could understand it. I took 6000IU for some time then 2,000 once my level reached 60. I take three medications that interfere with vitamin D.
Here is a link from the Mayo Clinic regarding vitamin D,
Best of luck,
Do you know what happened to my post above why it separated. The bottom one originally showed up normal then changed. Very strange.
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