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Old 03-20-2013, 01:25 PM   #1
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Vitamin D - not going up quickly with supplements? Normal?

I was seeing a doctor for a few things (symptoms like Sjogren's) and one of the tests showed low Vitamin D levels.

Test results were:
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Result: 58
Reference Range: 75-150 nmol/L
<25: deficient
25-74: insufficient
>200: toxic
Total 25-OH Vitamin D represents the sum of 25-Hydroxylated Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 species.
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The doctor got me on a program of vitamins. Each day I take:
2000 IU of Vitamin D3 through two Vit D tablets
400 IU of Vitamin D through Caltrate Plus
600 IU of Vitamin D through Centrum Forte
I also have been taking some Omega tablets.
That's a total of 3000 IU.

I was not taking any vitamins or supplements before this time.


After doing that for 3-4 months, I got retested and the result has only climbed to 66.

Is it normal for it to climb so slowly?

 
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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Re: Vitamin D - not going up quickly with supplements? Normal?

Additional info:
I'm around 180lbs which is normal for my height. I'm also male.

 
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:33 PM   #3
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Re: Vitamin D - not going up quickly with supplements? Normal?

Yes, vitamin D climbs very slow. At a level of 58 I am surprised your doctor gave you anything. Most doctors do not treat unless you are below 30 and then only give 1200 mg. per day of vitamin D.

There are side effects due to too high dosage of vitamin D from pills. Google and find out all you can about vitamin D deficiency, etc.

 
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Re: Vitamin D - not going up quickly with supplements? Normal?

I'm surprised your doctor put you on such a high dosage too. The thing is our vitamin d levels drop over winter and by the end of it they are usually at their lowest then but often come back up to normal as spring returns and we get more sun exposure again. But yes it does take time for the extra vitamin d to show up in your blood so don't be concerned about it.

 
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Re: Vitamin D - not going up quickly with supplements? Normal?

Your doctor shouldn't be retesting your vitamin D levels again for 6 months unless you have a known food absorption issue.

As you already know Vitamin D levels rise slowly so there is little point of retesting so soon as it's going to have to be redone in 3 months anyway.

Has the doctor tested you antibodies for autoimmune diseases including Sjogrens? While I appreciate Vitamin D testing is now in vogue testing you for antibodies for autoimmune diseases may be more helpful for you.

 
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