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Vitamin D Deficiency Causes and Cures

Updated on March 28, 2016
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Several years ago I found myself suffering from extreme fatigue for no apparent reason, and experiencing pain in all my major joints, also for no apparent reason. I found myself unable to function, and fearful that something medically serious had taken control of my failing body. The fatigue and pain continued to increase daily, forcing me to a doctor’s office. After running blood tests, it was determined that my vitamin D levels were seriously low.

Take 8 Pills and Call Me in a Month

The doctor gave me a prescription for 50,000 I.U.’s of vitamin D to be taken twice a week followed by testing again in a month. Only experiencing very minimal improvement, the doctor continued this regimen for another month. By the middle of the second month I had found two things to be true. First, if I took the pills on Sunday and Wednesday, then I felt pretty good on Monday and Thursday. And second, the pain returned with a vengeance on Tuesday and Friday. This cycle repeated itself the following week. I called the doctor’s office and explained to them what was happening and that I felt this was not working. And since I had only one more week on this regimen perhaps we needed to consider other options. What do you think happened?

That’s right! They brushed me off and told me to continue taking the medication just as the doctor had prescribed. Now I ask you this, why would I want to do something even if a doctor is telling me to when it only makes me feel better 2 out of 7 days? And we are talking about the kind of fatigue that sends you to bed because movement hurts, and pain that keeps you from sleeping. What I didn’t share with you earlier is the incident that finally forced me to go see the doctor in the first place.

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One of Those Embarrassing Moments

I had literally been forcing myself through sheer will power to accomplish the things I was able to accomplish each day. But that forcing always came at a price - sometimes a steep price. I had gone outside and was pulling weeds in one of the raised vegetable beds in my yard. After just a few minutes, I was so tired, I just curled up beside the bed to rest. The cool grass felt very refreshing to my aching and tired body. When my neighbor who was driving by saw me laying out in the yard . . . well, you can imagine . . . it was embarrassingly obvious that something needed to be done.

After 7 1/2 weeks, I felt that I had done my part, but also felt that my doctor was letting me down. So I decided to take things into my own hands. I began reading articles about how much vitamin D was enough and how much was too much. One thing I discovered was that although vitamin D is a water soluble vitamin, vitamin D toxicity is very rare. So I had very little to fear in that realm, especially since the doctor was prescribing 50,000 I.U. at one time and that was considered to be safe. After much study, I decided to take 20,000 I.U. two times a day.

What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency?

After just a couple days I started experiencing major improvements in my symptoms, and after 3-4 weeks, my energy levels resumed and my pain levels returned to my normal every day aches and pains. But doctors have never figured out what caused the problem. My studies had indicated that normal causes for vitamin D deficiency were:

  • Not enough time out in the sun - the sun provides most people with adequate amounts of vitamin D in less than 20 minutes per day. Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin because it is created by the body’s reaction to sunlight.
  • Having naturally dark skin
  • Milk allergies –most milk is fortified with vitamin D to help with the absorption of calcium
  • Vegetarian diet – Most natural sources of vitamin D are animal based: fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks
  • Problems with the kidneys can prevent them from converting vitamin D into a useable form
  • Medical problems such as Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease affect the body's ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Obesity - fat cells pull vitamin D out of the blood making it unavailable to the rest of the body

There are also other substances that affect the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D. These include:

  • Antacids – can make vitamin D less available for the body to utilize
  • Calcium Channel Blockers – prescription medications used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions can decrease the body’s ability to produce vitamin D
  • Cholestyramine – this cholesterol-lowering medication interferes with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Phenobarbital, phenytoin, and other anticonvulsant medications – may accelerate how the body uses vitamin D.
  • Mineral oil – interferes with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Weight loss products containing orlistat may interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D
  • Foods containing olestra may also interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamin D

Not Alone in My Vitamin D Deficiency

I had none of these causes to blame for my deficiency. After several months, I tapered off the vitamin D supplementation and was doing fine . . . for about a year. The symptoms returned and the doctors still had no explanation and no other treatment other that what had previously been tried. And we know how well that worked. But I tried it her way for a month, after which point I returned to my way and soon once again obtained relief from my symptoms.

But what amazed me was that over the next few months, I ran across several other women ranging in ages between 25-60 who were also vitamin D deficient for unknown reasons. And up until I had first experienced it, I had never heard of anyone having this problem, at least not in the U.S.

Health Problems Caused by Vitamin D Deficiency

How important is vitamin D? Obviously for me, I experience fatigue and joint pain. But not having enough vitamin D can also lead to a disease called rickets. Rickets causes soft bones and bone deformities. Remember, earlier I mentioned that vitamin D helped with the absorption of calcium. Not having enough calcium causes soft bones, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

My studies found that bone pain (joint pain) and muscle weakness (extreme fatigue) can indicate a vitamin D deficiency. Maybe you could say that I was one of the lucky ones. For others, the symptoms can be much more subtle and sneaky. Low blood levels of vitamin D have been linked to include:

  • Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Cognitive impairment in older adults
  • Asthma in children
  • Cancer

Additionally, research is also suggesting it to have an impact on the prevention and treatment of:

  • diabetes (type 1 and 2)
  • high blood pressure
  • glucose intolerance
  • multiple sclerosis.

Pretty serious stuff any way you look at it.

In March of 2011, I saw an article that stated, “24% of people in the U.S. are at risk for inadequate blood levels of Vitamin D.” It also stated that only 1% of the population had blood levels that were considered to be too high. But I still saw nothing new for the cause of my vitamin D deficiency. The article did indicate that males were less likely to have a deficiency.

So I still remain in limbo, as do the other ladies I know who share in my perplexity. But I have been able to control the problem with the regimen that I have laid out for myself. I do occasionally take breaks from my supplementation in order to reduce my chances of toxicity. It has probably been six months and I can tell that it is time to begin again.

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A Light Comes On

As I write this, I have had a revelation. I see that I might be at risk for some of the symptoms that are more subtle, and I think it will be wise for me to continue my vitamin D supplementation indefinitely but at a lower dose. I fear if I wait until it becomes bad enough to exhibit such drastic symptoms that I am putting myself at risk for some of those more subtle problems.

If you find yourself suffering from vitamin D deficiency, I wish I had a better answer for you. I wish the doctors had a better answer for me. But, if you feel that you are in the 24% of people who are at risk, and you are noticing any of these symptoms, please see your doctor. Don’t wait until your neighbor sees you laying out in the yard!


Vitamin D Deficiency Can Become Life Threatening

Author's Note: I was just diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2013. Upon further investigation, I have discovered that my deficiency could be the cause. Just do a search on the internet and you will find many instances of this being documented. I have provided a few links for you below:

These are just a few. There are many more. It certainly makes me wonder.

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      Sue B. 5 years ago

      Good hub.

      I'm surprised you didn't include any of this:

      Vitamin D deficiency can occur for a number of reasons:

      You don't consume the recommended levels of the vitamin over time. This is likely if you follow a strict vegetarian diet, because most of the natural sources are animal-based, including fish and fish oils, egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver.

      Your exposure to sunlight is limited. Because the body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight, you may be at risk of deficiency if you are homebound, live in northern latitudes, wear long robes or head coverings for religious reasons, or have an occupation that prevents sun exposure.

      You have dark skin. The pigment melanin reduces the skin's ability to make vitamin D in response to sunlight exposure. Some studies show that older adults with darker skin are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency.

      Your kidneys cannot convert vitamin D to its active form. As people age their kidneys are less able to convert vitamin D to its active form, thus increasing their risk of vitamin D deficiency.

      Your digestive tract cannot adequately absorb vitamin D. Certain medical problems, including Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, and celiac disease, can affect your intestine's ability to absorb vitamin D from the food you eat.

      You are obese. Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells, altering its release into the circulation. People with a body mass index of 30 or greater often have low blood levels of vitamin D.

      Vitamin D blockers:

      Antacids -- Taking certain antacids for long periods of time may alter the levels, metabolism, and availability of vitamin D.

      Calcium channel blockers (such as verapamil ) -- These medications, used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions, may decrease the production of vitamin D by the body.

      Cholestyramine -- This cholesterol-lowering medication, known as a bile acid sequestrant, interferes with the absorption of vitamin D (as well as other fat-soluble vitamins).

      Phenobarbital, phenytoin, and other anticonvulsant medications -- These medications may accelerate the body's use of vitamin D.

      Mineral oil -- Mineral oil also interferes with absorption.

      Weight loss products -- Orlistat (also known as alli), a medication used for weight loss, and olestra, a substance added to certain food products, are both intended to bind to fat and prevent the absorption of fat and the associated calories. Because of their effects on fat, orlistat and olestra may also prevent the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D. Given this concern and possibility, the Food and Drug Administration now requires that vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins (namely, A, E, and K) be added to food products containing olestra. How well the body absorbs and uses vitamin D from such food products is not clear. In addition, physicians who prescribe orlistat add a multivitamin with fat soluble vitamins to the regimen.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Sue B - Some of the issues you mentioned, I had mentioned such as the vegetarian diet, exposure to sunlight was mentioned, having dark skin was mentioned. I thought I had discussed the obesity issue, but I was having computer issues last night, and it appears that one of the times I went down, that was not saved. As for the vitamin D blockers, I will have to check them out. Once I do, I will definitely add this information to the hub. Thanks for your input on how I can make this a better hub, and provide others with the complete picture. It will be a few days ... before I have time to do it justice. But thanks for bringing this to my attention. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sue B. 5 years ago

      Right after I posted I realized I was including some information you touched upon!

      Good luck with what sounds like a long-term battle. I hope you get to the root of the issue so you are not continually battling with something so serious.

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      netracer87 5 years ago

      Great hub. I too have Vitamin D deficiency. I have few symptoms but I am worried that when I get older, I will start having problems. My doctor gave me the Vitamin D pills and I took them for 4 months. I just took another blood test and ,my level went from dangerously low to low. My doctor will give me another prescription for 4 more months. It does puzzle me how I can have Vitamin D deficiency. I eat healthy, I exercise and I live in a city with plenty of sunshine. I am not overweight and I don't have dark skin. Just another unsolved mystery, isn't it?

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Sue B. Thank you for returning and commenting. I still have to do the research to include the inhibitors and will try to get to it the first of this week.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      netracer87 - Yes, it is a mystery. All of the ladies I spoke of are also white, young and we all live in Texas, meaning we get lots of sun. It will be interesting to see if they can figure out what is causing this issue for so many of us.

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      Aeron Wright 5 years ago

      Interesting hub! I think as long as we have practiced balanced diet and gone outdoors at least once a day, our body should get sufficient vitamin D supply.

      Sue B, you have mentioned an interesting point on weight loss product orlistat. It does affect the fat soluble absorption but does not cause significant fat soluble vitamin deficiency in our body, and if a person would like take multivitamin supplement, take it two hours before or after orlistat administration.

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      seron 5 years ago from Canada

      canadian supplements play a vital role in keeping individuals fit and fine. The reason is that these supplements compliment the diet to ensure that users are getting right vitamins and nutrients necessary for their body to perform various metabolic activities.

      http://www.forcesupplements.com

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Aeron Wright - I agree with you, that should be enough. But for me that is not the case. In Texas, we get plenty of sunshine, and I am frequently outdoors, and do not use sunscreen. I also like to eat, so I get plenty of nutrients. And I am not a vegetarian. I really don't know the cause and neither do the doctors. Thanks for stopping by and for the comments.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      seron - I have not heard of these supplements before. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

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      jodiejay71 5 years ago

      I also was told by my doctor after blood tests that I was Vitamin D deficient and to take 5000 I.U. daily until my next blood work which will be in November. I'm anxious to see what the follow-up reveals.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Hello, jodiejay71! It seems to be going around. Hope everything turns out okay! Thanks for visiting!

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      Daniel Christian 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. I actually have vitamin D and should be taking it. Super dislike when the gel vitamins start aging. I will get on them!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      festersporling1 - You're right about gel pills getting old. I plan on getting on mine also. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Sue B. - I have made the additions that you suggested. Thanks for helping me make this hub even better for everyone who reads it!

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      lundmusik 5 years ago from Tucson AZ

      great hub,,, voted up!!! Get a lot of sun here in tucson, but take potassium (offset to blood pressure meds), a "senior mens" multi vitamin, that has a lot of extra vitamin D,,, and seven other pills (both prescription and over the counter) I only hope that any extended life resulting therefrom is accompanied by a sense of physical and psychic well-being.. vitamins and medications may extend life to the degree that we suffer ailments of old age that cannot benefit from any kind of medicine,, sort of counter-intuitive to the old saying "If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself"

      So have you checked your email?

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      lundmusik - It is so good to see you here again! I'm sure you do get quite a bit of sun, as do we. But I know what you are saying about quality of life as we live longer, only too well with my caregiving biz. Yes, I checked my email, and thank you. I was off investigating what you had mentioned. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes!

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      jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

      Knowledge is truly powerful! I glad you took matters in your hand and did some research for yourself. Thank you for sharing this informative hub. I have voted up and useful.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      jean2011 - sometimes I think that I get to practice medicine too, especially when it comes to my own body. No one knows it better than me. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes.

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      MaxFueled 5 years ago from , Fort Worth, Texas

      Sunshine is the best way to get Vitamin D and it is free! Thanks for the Thorough Hub homesteadbound.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      MaxFueled - It might be for most people, but it doesn't work for me. I garden (flowers and veggies) and take care of the koi pond that I built, and walk and play with the dogs, and don't use sunscreen, but I still don't get enough! Thanks for coming by and for commenting.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Another great well written useful article Homesteadbound. Glad you are doing much better. I saw this and wanted to investigate because I haven't felt the same as I use do, feel tired and drained. I have learned to manage my pain mentally, but here lately, it is much to deal with. Motrin doesn't help and I will not take a pain pill. I have not felt well in a month, but I am stressed also. I believe I may look into this just in case. I rarely see the sen, little veggies and little milk. Thanks for this useful knowledge.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      thelyricwriter - I'm glad I'm doing better also. It was a horrible place to be, and tylenol did not even touch the pain. Let me know what you find out. I sincerely hope that it is nothing serious and something very easy to remedy. Blessings!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you so much. I hope not. I just found a job today after 2 months so my stress level is much lower now. I will let you know though and thanks for your caring actions dear homesteadbound.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      thelyricwriter - congratulations on the new job. That has to be better for your stress levels. It would be great if that was it. Stress sure can make you feel miserable. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I made the connection right away between your HubPages name "homesteadbound" and your issue with vitamin D deficiency.

      As you mentioned in this hub, lack of sunlight from being homebound is definitely a reason for the deficiency. I live in a norther latitude and we don't get much sunlight in the winter months. So throughout the winter I take vitamin D capsules.

      I hope your health improves and you find a way to get the right amount of D for your needs. I voted up on this very well written and well-detailed hub.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Sorry, Glenn, but the two are not related. Homesteadbound is because my husband and I dream of being able to move to a homestead some day. In fact he thought up the name.

      I get outside and live in Texas, so I have no reason for my deficiency. I just take vitamin D on a constant basis.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Oh! Well that's good news. Sorry for the misunderstanding. Silly me, homesteadbound and homebound are two different things. At least you know you have a vitamin D deficiency so you know what to try to do.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      No problem. It is good news, because for a time I was totally incapacitated by the deficiency. Thanks for stopping back by!

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      PeanutButterWine 5 years ago from North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

      Great Hub! I live in Vancouver Canada and I take 1000 IU when I start to get joint pain and feel awful and it helps, then I usually forget when I feel great, and pick it up again later when the symptoms of extreme fatigue and body aches come back.

      Yuck... I really need to remember to take it more often. I thin d deficiency is probably more common than most people realize. We live in a convenience society and spend more time indoors than we all should.. as well as the types of foods a lot of people eat are probably not sufficient to deliver what the body needs.

      Great Hub I really enjoyed the read; and now I am going to go take my D supplement!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      PeanutButterWine - It is easy to forget to take it when you aren't hurting.

      I think the kinds of foods we eat may also be vitamin D stealers or blockers, maybe.

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      A very interesting hub. I was also told I was deficient in vitamin D after lots of weird symptoms, (fatigue, joint pains, rashes, feeling too hot, painful lymph nodes). I tried the tablets the doctor recommended for several months and noticed no difference at all.

      Interestingly though, over the summer my symptoms improved a lot, and now that it's colder again I have started to have a few of them again. I'm going to start taking the supplements again, especially since reading your article.

      I also read about it a lot about this when it was happening to me, and saw reports on studies of people who like you were from very hot countries, but still had low vitamin D levels despite all the sunshine they had access to. There was also some disagreement amongst medical people about the "optimal" intake of vitamin D, since many of those whose levels were on the low side were in perfect health.

      I found it all rather confusing, and felt that it's an area that those in the medical field had only recently began to look at. More research needs to be done on this especially as it seems to affect so many people.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Moon Daisy - That's true. Vitamin D deficiency has lots of weird symptoms, mine being the overwhelming fatigue and the joint pain.

      It makes sense that your symptoms would improve in the summer when we all get more sun.

      And I too believe that Vitamin D research has a long way to go to explain what is happening. My mother-in-law who also lives in Texas has recently been diagnosed.

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your valuable insight.

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      K Nicole Smith 5 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      I just found out I have Vitamin D deficiency. The doctor gave me a prescription for 50,000 IUD. I haven't started taking them yet. I'm glad I found this. I was online looking for information about symptoms and causes and found this. Very good information!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      K Nicole Smith - Maybe if yours was caught early enough the pills will help. And maybe if the reason for the deficiency is known. I hope you are feeling better soon as I know how bad you can feel. Thanks for stopping by!

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      fdm213 5 years ago

      2yrs. ago I was diagnosed with MS. My nuerologist had suggested that I have a blood test taken, to check my vitiman D level. I found that my Vitamin D level was extreemly low. All the orther issues that were mentioned ie fatigue, pains in the joints and parts of the body. I noticed, I never would've contracted MS. I started to take vitamin D to bring my level back to normal. I was told not to take to much vitamin D, because it can cause problems to your kidneys.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      fdm213 - thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Henry Lahore 5 years ago

      It is rare that a doctor can prescribe 50,000 IU of vitamin D3. Much more likely that 50,000 of D2 was prescribed, which is not nearly as good, and has been proven to not provide any benefit to other primates - and in some cases causes harm

      Learn more about D3 better than D2 - with photos of pills to avoid at:

      http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id...

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I no longer have the bottle, so I cannot say whether it was D3 or D2. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      This hub was a terrific piece that I can share with people in my life! It shares a lot of important imformation that could be useful! Voted up!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      iamaudraleigh - I am glad that you found the information useful. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      deejay 4 years ago

      I can definitely relate. Thank you for sharing. I too have vd def. I have been on a regimen of 5000 ius of vd for three months with no improvement. I am looking in to an absorbtion query because I had several polyps removed two years ago from the duodenum, which I believe is where the absorption occurs...I will check in after my scan to let you know.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      deejay - It can be a frustrating thing to combat, but I have been able to do it with the methods I have mentioned. I have not taken any in a while and I can feel that it is getting time to start doing it again. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      cindy - I can't believe I came across this hub tonight. I've been seeing a Doctor for severly low Vit. D for 2-3years now. Finally my Dr. sent me to a Rhumetologist 2 days ago who diagnosed me with osteoporosis and rhumetoid arthritis. My joints are so painful! I was put on 50,000 units of Vit. D (again) and had both blood work and xrays taken. Now we wait for results.

      I also have to give myself injections twice a day for 2 yrs. Uuuuugh! The fatigue has been terrible too.

      Until I read your hub, I thought I was going nuts. So thanks so much for confirming I'm not completely crazy.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Audrey - We are not nuts - just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I was able to go off of the vitamin D supplementation for a few months, but I have started to feel very fatigued again, so I have started taking it again this week. I am sorry to hear that you are going thru so much - I know it is not easy. When you are so tired, it is hard to function. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

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      bhargvi sharma 4 years ago from jammu ( India)

      useful one. voted up!!! :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      bhargvi sharma - I am glad you found it to be useful!

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      Chris Hugh 4 years ago

      Comprehensive and well written. I'm going to read more of your hubs. I was low in Vitmin D too. I recommend this book on Vitamin D, I don't know if the author is crazy or is a genius. Maybe both.

      http://www.amazon.com/MIRACULOUS-EXTREMELY-SUNSHIN...

      It's just packed with Vitamin D info. Did you know that Vitamin D isn't actually a vitamin but a hormone? I take 10,000 IU a day now and get my levels tested periodically.

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      Karla Iverson 4 years ago from Oregon

      Good hub! However, vitamin D is fat soluble, not water soluble. That makes it one of the vitamins that you can overdose on (A, D, E, and K). However, as too many Americans are low in vitamin D, the RDA needs to be raised anyway. I have mild Celiac disease so I take 2,000 a day. Have you ever been checked for Celiac disease? Christiane Northrup says that as women age, more and more of us have mild Celiac disease without knowing it (studies have shown that 2 out of 5 women over 55 show villi damage in their intestines). The absorptive villi in your small intestine could be damaged enough that you aren't absorbing vitamins appropriately, but not badly damaged enough to make you have terrible digestive issues. Good luck with this problem!

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      mrs rao 4 years ago

      Useful one...voted up

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      Steve Wright 4 years ago from Norwich, England

      This is a very interesting read and you have covered the topic so well. I have written about this subject myself before on one of my websites and I could certainly add to that with your coverage. thank you for sharing.

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      Miss Paula 4 years ago

      This was very useful for me I to fell like this some times so I will have to try some vit.D and see if it works for me thanks for the great info I vote you up GOD BLESS!!!!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Chris Hugh -I am glad you found this to be beneficial. Thanks for the book recommendation. More and more women especially are having this issue pop up.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Healthy Pursuits - You are right about it being fat soluble. I am not sure what I was thinking when I wrote that. I have not been checked for celiac disease, so the next time I go to the doctor, I will have to have that done. Thanks for the information and for correcting me in my error.

      mrs rao - thanks so much for stopping by!

      STEVEW13 - I am pleased that someone knowledgeable in the subject felt that I had done it justice. Thank you.

      Miss Paula - Just remember that it is fat soluble and to make sure you know what the symptoms are for overdosing. It is always best to be followed by a doctor even when you are trying more natural methods for anything.

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      Tracia Bussey 4 years ago from Southern USA

      Great information! I love studying ways to solve physical problems, especially if there's a natural answer. A Doctor just cannot be totally responsible to tell us everything we need for our bodies. I believe we have to take some of our care in our own hands and try some things. Good job with your hub! I'll be reading more!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Dear Gotta- so glad you stopped by. In addition to what you stated, we definitely have the ability to be more in tune with our bodies and know what is working and what isn't.And if something is not working, and we have to live with the results, sometimes we just have to take things into our own hands. At least, that is how I feel. But it is always good to get a doctor's opinion.

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      Tracia Bussey 4 years ago from Southern USA

      Yes, I agree! We need doctors and medicine, and thank God we have them, but we also need to be in tune with our bodies!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      I agree with you, Gotta! It is because I was in tune with my body that I had to do something, because what the doctors were doings was not adequate. Thanks again. And welcome to hubpages.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Homesteadbound,

      Thanks for this well written and informative article. I was suffering from fatigue/exhaustion and after a trip to the doctor was told to take vitamin D as well. I am not consistent about taking it so maybe that is why I am still felling exhausted. I can relate to your experience of resting outside, sometimes it is so hard to fight this feeling of wanting to rest. I too push myself very hard but I don't really have a choice since life's demands can be so great. Nice to know I am not alone and maybe after reading this I will make a better effort to take the vitamin regularly.

      Tracy

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      reagu 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Not having enough sunlight has always been a worry for me ever since I began working. I sit and work in front of the computer, and to top it off, I was addicted to video games for years. It's been better lately. I go out for walks during daytime. So hopefully, that will alleviate some Vitamin D deficiencies.

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      Shannon Paigah 4 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thanks, I found your hub very informative. Personally I have never had problems with Vitamin D deficiency, but I have a cousin who has and has type 1 diabetes. Voted up!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Tracy Lynn - I am not always as consistent as I should be about taking them as I should be either. I get so tired of taking so many pills sometimes. I understand what you are saying, but sometimes I push myself so hard and so far, that there just is nothing left.

      reagu - I have my deficiency despite getting more than an adequate amount of sunshine, since I like to do extensive gardening and I do not use sunscreen.

      Shannon - I am glad to hear that you have not had this problem as it can affect your life profoundly. thanks so much!

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      Gottabegod 4 years ago

      Homestead - Except for people like yourself who have an extreme deficiency in Vitamin D, doesn't it also help to add foods in our daily diet which are high in Vitamin D?

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Gottabegod - I would say, even for people like myself, adding foods that are high in vitamin D is important for those suffering from this deficiency. Milk is often fortified with vitamin D. Other foods such as mackerel, herring, sockeye salmon, and sardines come by it naturally.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      This is a great hub Cindy. I have known about issues with vitamin D deficiency for a while and yet there is a lot I didn’t know about here. I did not realise it can cause joint pain for instance and this is very useful information as several people in my extended family have that problem, including myself at times. We definitely don’t get enough from the sun here in Scotland so I take a supplement and so do other members of my family.

      was really interested to notice how rapidly you improved when taking it, so that you could even tell the difference on days of the week you didn’t have the supplement.

      Thanks for writing this very useful hub.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Melovy -As we have become more industrialized, we all spend more time indoors. This has been part of the problem. More and more people are having to deal with this issue. It will be interesting to see if taking a larger dosage could improve the joint pain for you and other members of your family. Glad to be of help!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Homesteadbound,

      I read with great interest your story of extreme fatigue and how you are dealing with the issue. If I were a person who believes in coincidence I would say it is a coincidence that a)I ran across your hub and b)that after the last blood work my husband had following major surgery in Jan., the nurse called and started to tell me that hubby is Vitamin D deficient. Once we got the actual report and reviewed it with the PCP he started to say the same thing, then realized the Vitamin D reading was at the low end of the range but not below.

      My husband has the same symptoms with the EXTREME fatigue, dragging himself around, still using his walker even months after the back surgery. His feet are so painful he can't wear normal shoes and must wear his lace up sneakers even to business meetings. His HGB was at critical low reading for the past few months and has been diagnosed with anemia which is rare for a man his age so they said "take iron". Now you've given me something to think about and we are desperate for answers at this point. Sleeping in the garden and while driving is not a good thing. Thanks for all your information. This will give us some hope for recovery. Peg

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Peg - Obviously I must advise you to follow your doctor's orders, but the story I have shared is true, and the results I obtained worked for me. The fatigue that I felt was extreme - everything took a tremendous amount of will power and effort to accomplish. It would have been so much easier to just do nothing. And the pain was extreme. Between the two, I did spend a lot of time in bed. I feel tired just thinking about it! I wish your much hope and I will pray for his recovery. It is hard to live like this. I was convinced that I was dying.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thank you, Homesteadbound, for your kind thoughts and for the ideas that you presented here along with your prayers. That will certainly be of help and I wish you the best of luck on your continued improvement.

      Peg

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      Thank you Peg! And the best of luck to both you and your hubby!

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      amysourabh 4 years ago

      1m 24 yrs girl from india. I was suffering from muscle and joint pain, went to rehumatologist. he tested me for arthritis. but not medical symptoms for arthritis. then now from last 1 yr im going to a different doctor. he diagnosed me with vitamin d3 deficency. im in intake of vitamin tablets. now the stiffness and muscle pain gone off. but joint pain still persist if i do any physical activities......Any suggestions for me

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      amy - I am pleased to hear that you are doing better. As far as the continued joint pain goes, only a doctor could diagnose what it is the result of. You are young to be having joint pain on a continued basis. I am sorry to hear about this and advise you to continue to search for the answer with your doctor. Best of luck to you.

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      webdesignseoppc09 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      great article, i'm actually suffering from vd deficiency

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      Anne Losch 4 years ago from Illinois

      I know someone exactly the same. The doctor prescribed 50,000 units of over the counter vitamin D supplements. His count did go up but he was still deficient and extremely fatigued.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      webdesignseoppc09 - I hope you are able to gain some relief for the condition!

      Anne Losch - It can make you very tired!

      Thanks to both of your for stopping by and sharing a comment!

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Wonderful hub on vitamin D! Thank you!

      I asked my doctor recently if the vitamins I was taking were good enough.(I take Trader Joe's women's formula). Well, she told me I should probably take vitamin D supplement, and I saw that it was not in my multiple vitamin & mineral supplement, so I got the vitamin D & take it every day now. She also mentioned that 15 minutes in the sun per day is normally enough vitamin D. I voted this hub up, interesting & useful! Excellent writing!

      Take care,

      Helen

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      I am glad that you brought out the frequency of this problem. I didn't realize that it was so prevalent. Both my husband and I were diagnosed with Vit. D deficiency. We suffered from some health problems and didn't get out in the sun much for about five years. We started doing more outside activities last year, and wouldn't you know it, I popped up with more precancerous lesions on my face and arms. I used to live in West Texas and bake in the sun, so now I'm paying for it. Please, homesteadbound, use sunscreens or you may end up like me. Sunscreens block the absorbsion of vitamin D, so what is one to do?

      @ Healthy Pursuits: Do you know if barium destroys the villi in the intestines?

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      oceansider - I think that 15 minutes a day in the sun is good for most people, but that is not the case for me. It is interesting that many more people are suffering from vitamin D deficiency than they used to, but then again, it could be that people felt these things and it was not being checked therefore went undiagnosed. Or it could be as our soil becomes depleted, we are eating food that is less nutritious overall. I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

      MizBejabbers - I grew up in the panhandle of Texas and spent all summer out in the fields chopping cotton and other crops so I too have had alot of sun exposure. But you are right, if the sunscreen blocks it, what are we to do. I do try to avoid getting burned though as I know that is not healthy and it is pretty darned uncomfortable. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your concern.

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      Laurel Lee 4 years ago

      This is a great hub. I also was recently diagnosed as having low levels of Vit. D, and am just finishing up my 2 months of 50,00 iu of D2 a week and 2,000 iu of D3 daily. I'm anxious to see what new blood tests reveal, because I really don't feel any noticeable change.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Laurel Lee - I am glad you enjoyed this hub! I am sorry to hear that the vitamin D regimen is not providing you with any relief. It is important to get it under control because it can cause softening of the bones among other things. I hope you and your doctor are able to find a dosage that is able to help you. Good luck in your search for the answer.

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      Chris H 4 years ago

      I am a guy, 45 years old, get a lot of time in the sun, but have tested vitamin D deficient (low 20s) last three years. I also suffer for severe, debilitating anxiety/depression, sleep apnea, and am completely dysfunctional (hard for me even to talk to people every day). Anyway, was taking an under the tongue variety D-3 and it never did anything. But a few days ago, I started taking Carlson's cod-liver oil-based D-3 capsules. I could be imagining it, but the last couple of days, I have felt markedly better. Less fatigued, less pain, less feelings of introversion. I am loathe to attribute it to this, but right now, I'm feeling a bit better than I've felt in a long time, and I've tried just about every antidepressant out there (getting ready to go on Nardil since nothing else has worked.) I'll give this a go for a month or so. Hoping for the best. Would be wonderful if it worked. Absolutely crushed by this condition, with little sense of what to do.

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      ThussaysNanaMarie 4 years ago from In my oyster

      Great hub! I only stumbled on it and found it very informative and well written. Thanks for all the research and for sharing it with us.

      My daughter (20)also had vd def and as I had never heard of the more complex cases I could not have imagined her joint pains to be due to vd def.

      I have read this hub to her and she is so relieved that there are others like her. It has empowered her and convinced her to take the medications. After three months on vd she is now on calcichew-d3 forte. She says she feels much better than she has in a long time.

      Interesting that it is actually a hormone. You learn so much on the hubs.

      Certainly voted up.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      It really is hard to understand how much lack of vitamin D actually does affect us. I hope your daughter is also able to find the ultimate answer for her lack.

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      luck04 4 years ago

      Thanks for your reinforcement of prevention. Over the past year I have been found to be low with vit D (50,000 works for me). No one has offered why. Recently, pains began again, so I decided to take over the counter stuff and in a few days it helped the pains stop and now I hope to add it to my regimen. Over a year ago I tapered off a long term steroid treatment, I wonder if it is the cause. Doctors have not said these were linked, but I wanted to see if others with low d had been on steroids too?

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      YoungGates 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      It is really hard to understand how much vitamin D affects you. It is one of the key vitamins and it affects so many bodily functions and systems.

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      Miss Paula 4 years ago

      Thanks I'll check with my doctor first before taking any Thanks GOD BLESS!!!!!!!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Young Gates - It really is amazing how so many things, not just vitamin D, affect us. Our bodies are so finely tuned and intricately balanced!

      Miss Paula - It is always best to check with your doctor. They can help you with blood tests and find underlying causes and illnesses.

      Thanks to both of your for stopping by!

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      Peter, from Devon UK 4 years ago

      I dont know if this is relevant, I have been very active all my life, I am 50 yrs old now , up until I was 47 I was doing weights, street skating and generally enjoying being a doer, but not crazy like. About 2 years ago I started to lose energy badly and began a period of chronic fatigue, couldn'nt do a thing, felt really weak all the time, even mowing the lawn left me exhausted.

      To cut to the chase, I thought it might be Sickle cell trait etc etc. Took all sorts of vitamins inc Folic acid which quickly made me quite ill. Anyway started taking a time released multi vitamin and mineral tablet, 1/2 in the morning and the other half in evening. I very mysteriously and quite quickly began to regain my strength, and have not physically crashed since . I now believe that less is more in some cases and that one vitamin complements the behaviour of another, whereas sometimes taken on their own they can be quite toxic, ie Folic acid, my body just could not handle this vitamin on its own even in small doses.

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      Peter, from Devon UK 4 years ago

      By the way, I ought to mention I now realise I had been suffering from Adrenal fatigue, thought it was many other things (as you tend to when ill). Strangely one of those instances where you are cured first and then you realise what the problem was afterwards, it had in fact been going on for 12 years but had gotten noticeably more debilitating in the last 2 years.

      So hopefully my first post does-ish fit in with this discussion.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Peter - I am so happy that you have been able to resolve the issue and now will be able to find some relief. I had suspected adrenal fatigue at one time when I was going thru all of this as well. So it is good information to have here. They both make you extremely fatigued. Thanks for stopping back by!

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      Natural sources of vitamin D that I like is sun exposure and I like eating sardines for vitamin D. Although cod liver oil is advertised as having vitamin D, the amount is actually not a lot (look at the bottle label and compare the amount with pills).

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      taazakhabar 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow awesome . My complements for hitting the nail on the head. Vit D deficiency is a real problem which besides everything else hampers the absorption of calcium.

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      Kalux 4 years ago from Canada

      Very informative, thank you.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      BlissfulWriter - although I live in Texas, I have not been able to get enough sun to manufacture the vitamin.

      taazakhabar - I am pleased that you enjoyed the article and took the time to share your thoughts.

      Kalux - Thanks for stopping by!

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      ellen deaton 4 years ago

      my problem is that Vit D3 supplements make me sick. Very big problem. Any suggestions?

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      ellen - I would have to suggest that you talk to your doctor to see if you can come up with a solution to this problem. I wish you the best. Thanks for stopping by!

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      CorrenaIngraham 4 years ago

      I just came across your hub. It was very interesting and very informative. I have to tell you what happened to me. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Vitamin D diff. as well. I am diabetic type 2, doctor prescribed Vit D 50,000 iu's once a week. I have been doing this for a long time. I would take it on Saturday and usually didn't notice it was a little better til Monday, but Tuesday I was right back where I was. I have recently been doing a lot research on nutrition because well, let me back up a bit. For years I was on a lot of meds, and as of about 2 years ago I was taking 14 different meds. I had enough, and took my health in my own hands (with doctors knowledge) and it took me a year and a half but I am off all my meds except 2 diabetic meds, and the Vit D. Anyways, now I am researching healthy eating, getting off processed food and eating real food, and eventually getting off my diabetic meds as well. For the Vit D. you opened up my mind to start researching this more too. I am thinking that maybe I need a daily consistent dose of Vit D. I also have fibromyalgia. Now last time I went to the doctors, he told me my Vit D numbers were in the lower normal range, mind you I have been doing this for years and they were never up to that normal numbers until the last time. But, I believe it has a lot to do with how I am trying to change my eating healthier. I believe there is a link between all the preservatives they put in food as well that causes vit difficiencies. I am in process of researching all this and will find out. But, thank you so much, your hub has encouraged me to keep looking. I hope you come to an overall solution to your issue as well, it has been nice finding you. Take care of yourself and God bless. Correna

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      E.A. Shubsda 4 years ago from Liverpool, NY

      Thanks to Healthy Pursuits for the correction that Vitamin D is indeed a fat soluble vitamin and not water soluble. This means that you can overdose on Vitamin D via pills because it stays in the body and the extra amount taken in does not end up in urin during elimination because it is not water soluble. There is a New York times article that explains the potential side effects. Just go to New York Times.com and search for Vitamin D.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes, thanks to both of you!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Now I know about the foods which are vitamin D inhibitors! Thanks for the useful hub, it's great. :)

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Now I'll go out and soak under the sun more every day, as long as it's in the morning. It's the best way to get vitamin D and it's free of charge! Plus you can do some exercise in the morning to help our bones stronger and lift our moods up. Thanks for the very informative and useful hub

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      iguidenetwork - so glad I was able to give some info that you can use. This has been a very serious thing for me!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      FullOfLoveSites - Glad you enjoyed it! The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D for most folks! So glad you stopped by!

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      Chris Telden 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.

      One association I read about was between chronic vitamin D deficiency that's hard to treat with supplementation and magnesium deficiency/insufficiency. It's a stretch, but you might want to see if you're on the low end of the range in your magnesium levels. I'm no health professional, but I understand it's rare to actually have a low blood level of magnesium (one of those life or death things, I take it) so a level at the low end of the range could be telling. It's a thought, anyway! Good luck. (I also recently tested low on vitamin D, thus my finding your hub. You're a very good writer, by the way - great job!)

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Chris. I do occasionally supplement with magnesium when I start getting leg and foot cramps at night, so I very well may be on the low end. Thanks for stopping by!

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      sangeeta verma 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

      Hi homesteadbound!

      Great job you have done, by doing research about your pain, and found the solution, thanks for sharing valuable information. It will be of great help for those who is having joint pains that is not related to R. A.

      I too have a joint and muscular pain, I went to physician, after doing blood test he prescribed the medicine for R.A, when I checked the result it was not showing the positive result when I asked Dr. he said in some cases result do not show positive but your symptoms are all of R.A with medicine mine pain is gone but do occur sometimes, after reading your hub I feel to give a try for Vit D, since it has no side effects and let me see the change.

      geetbhim.

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      Middy 4 years ago

      Are you of Native American descent?

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      I hope it helps. Good luck, geetbim!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      As a matter of fact, Middy, I am partially Native American. Do you think that has something to do with it?

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      Middy 4 years ago

      I am, too! I just found out that I have a D deficiency and my husband made the point that my skin is white but my genes are not! It's just a theory, I can't find any information about it. It's an interesting theory!

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      SLibrera 4 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      I have low vitamin D and appreciate the info in the article. I actually have a neurological condition and its normal to have low D and B12.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Middy and Slibrera!

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      Jagpal Dhaliwal 4 years ago from Brampton

      awesome hub. But i have a question in my mind that what are the main sources of vitamin D apart from pills and drugs.

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      Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

      I have problems with this from time to time. I was put on the prescription D, it helped a bit but then it was discovered that I had a breathing problem that prevented proper sleep. I was prescribed a CPap and things have gotten much better.

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      Tricia Ward 4 years ago from Scotland

      This is a really interesting hub. I have a friend whose little girl suffered from a deficiency largely due to being vegan and staying out of the sun. Well done. Hope you are doing well now.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      xceedcarentals - the main source of vitamin D - the only one that most people need - is 15-20 minutes in the sun. It really is that easy to get your vitamin D. Milk is also fortified with vitamin D.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Jaggedfrost - that is very interesting. Sleep deprivation can be so very detrimental to your health. I am happy that you were able to get the help that you needed.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Tricia Ward - I a pleased that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for sharing about your friend's little girl.

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      Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

      Things are not as bad as they were before but I work over night and I wonder if the details of vitamin might still be at play . I have other medical concerns that often make a recluse out of me. I appreciated the thoroughness of this article. I sometimes wonder whether sleep problems and vitamin d problems could be linked and that if one didn't have someone to monitor their sleep paterns that such problems would go unnoticed.

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      Shanti Perez 4 years ago from Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.

      Great article! Lots of information and ideas.

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      Carla J Behr 4 years ago from NW PA

      I had the same experience and thank goodness my doctor was smart enough to test me. I wrote about my experience too - getting the prescription strength D made all the different in my life. Thanks for the hub.

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Great article and very useful information. Vitamin D deficiency is more common than most realize and so often it's hard to know if one has it without a doctor testing it. Voted up and sharing:)

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Kris. It really is on the rise.

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      raising humans 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! I take Vitamin D-3 every day (as well as give it to my children) to help our immune systems as well. It is such an important vitamin! I hope you are able to continue to effectively manage your symptoms with this vitamin regimen!

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      SerratedSmeg 4 years ago

      Great article! Thanks for Sharing! I was wondering if you or any of your followers would be able to offer me some advice. I live in the north of Engalnd and am currently undergoing investigations for Vitamin D deficiency after going to the docs with many of the symptoms you have described (muscle weakness, general fatigue, bone ache etc). My first test came back at 10.5. I was prescribed 40,000 i.u to take daily for a week and then another blood test. The difference was negligable at 11. I'm back on the 40, 000 and again blood tests came back at 11.5. So although they are increasing they hardly seem to be doing anything. I appreciate that it is a dark horrible winter here in the U.K, however I have been going on the sunbed once a week (as advised by the doc) to help increase the levels. If I try to google my symptoms it tells me ways of increasing my levels but no matter what I do there doesn't seem to be much difference. Also my ESR (inflamation levels) are high. What can be causing this? What can I do to help my Vitamin D levels increase? I seem to be stuck and I just want to get my life back. I'm a white female, 33yrs old, not obese although I am heavier than I would want to be (10stone 8llbs - I don't know what this is in American!) and 5ft 3". I've got 2 kids (if this makes a difference!?). I'm just fed up of no answers and not being able to do anything! Thanks in advance to anyone who has taken the time to read and respond :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, raising humans!

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      Dorriet001 4 years ago

      I originally had unexplained muscle and joint pain that would come and go that was never explained. Various tests were negative, RA, Lymes, you name it, I had the test. I've had various doctors diagnose me with 'frozen shoulder', sprains, possible tendonitis, but my travelling symtoms went away once I was diagnosed with very low vitamin D - moderately severe deficiency. I was told to take 5000 IU D3 daily and did so for a year. I cut down to 2000 IU D3 and took it faithfully for another 3 mths. As an experiment, I tapered off and eventually took nothing for a period of a month or more. Not good. Random symtoms resurfaced - joint pain, muscle pain - inflamed joints - random in my fingers, second toe, shoulder, neck...back. I live in NY, Hawaiian decent, eat well, history of Kidney neuphritis when child due to Hong Kong flu, my sister has battled RA for 30 yrs...not sure why the D3 works but I started back on it again. I get enough sun, eat fairly well but I do suffer from poor sleep maybe 5 to 6 hrs night on average. I think that no matter how much sun a person gets or modification to food diet, each person is different as per their ability to absorb vitamin D. As you mention, Kidney deficiencies can impact ability to absorb Vitamin D - therefore I'm starting to believe that each person needs to find their own cocktail of what works for them. My doctor seems to have thought that my taking 5000 IU was fine and then taper off....I don't believe this. My body obviously hasn't been triggered to absorb it in natural ways....so I will stick will build up by taking the 5,000 and eventually will reduce to 2000 IU for regular maintenance for the rest of my life....Also I notice a difference in mood. I don't believe you mention this. When steadyily taking the supplement, my mood is uplifted, calm and am able to focus, think more clearly. I noticed coming off of the supplement, changes to mood etc. Unless I hear that there are negative effects that are serious, in my experience, taking the pure D3 will be part of my life. I don't want to suffer anymore and I'm sorry but the doctors that I have seen over time are so fixed on diagnosing something in their 'swim lane' that I feel that I've been repeatedly misdiagnosed and nothing has worked for my symptoms other than the supplement. Thank you for keeping this string going...much appreciated.

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, Dorriet101. I am not sure if D3 supplementation helps mood or not, but not being in constant pain and not dealing with constant fatigue could definitely have an impact on mood.

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      Ally 4 years ago

      Im 21 years old and have been dealing with all the symtoms and heartache you all have been going through for about 3 years now . On top of being vitamin D deficient I am anemic . I am currently on 50,000 units of vit d 3X a week .... My levels were at 15. My doctors and yes it's plural still don't know what's wrong with me but continue to do blood work after blood work. Someone please email me . I would love to discuss people with the same problem as me and KNOW how I feel .

      Aejablon@g.coastal.edu

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      I hope you are able to get relief soon. Good luck!

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      Hussyexeks 3 years ago

      I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your site. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Outstanding work! registry scanner

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      Sunsira Peoples 3 years ago from the Universe

      Good hub! I recently had to take vitamin D because it was very low and my reason which I don't mind sharing which I did not see mentioned is those who have fibromyalgia tend to have low vitamin D levels. Therefore, if you been having pain, headaches, fatigue, sleeplessness, cracking, aching bones with negative results from mri's, ct scans etc chances are you have fibromyalgia and your doctor will or should check your vitamin D levels they are probably low. Taking it did make me feel 20-30% better. Good Luck.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Great hub, homesteadbound! I also have Vitamin D deficiency, even with 50,000 IU doses, and have MS. Because of all of my reading on health topics, I initiated testing for Vitamin D levels and found I was way low. My doctors never thought to test for it, in spite of extreme exhaustion. They just figured the fatigue was an MS symptom. I can identify with your wanting to lay down in the grass. Stay healthy and kind regards. Voted up and more!

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Just Suggestions - Thanks so much for stopping by. I a glad you enjoyed the article. I can very well believe that fibromyalgia and vitamin D deficiency could be related. They both cause pain and fatigue.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      It is amazing how fatigued a person can actually get from the lack of a vitamin like vitamin D that we are supposed to be able to get all we need from being in the sun. Great health to you as well, FlourishAnyway!

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      B A Tobin 3 years ago from Connnecticut

      Your hub is fantastic. The info in this is invaluable. The facets of vitamin D I just began a bit with for nutrition of a tortoise I hadn't realized d3 is needed to absorb calcium. Your hub brings this to a reality. human. I am sorry you had to go through that, but glad you found your health and shared this. Take care!

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      My article on vitamin D suggests 8,000 IU a day-- that is 56,000 IU a week as a general idea for most people. But doctors can prescribe more and keep testing someone's blood levels. The amount you can get from food is not enough. Then with the sunlight people are limited by the UV index.

      D'action Group says that people need lifeguard levels of vitamin D. Get it? Lifeguards are out in the sun a big part of the day. At the latitude of Boston, there are 3 months of the year where people cannot get any vitamin D from sunlight.

      There is one reason for not enough vitamin D. People live too far from the equator. For millions of years all humans lived in Africa. What percentage of people need to be affected for it to be a pandemic. I do not know but Wikipedia says under Dr Holick ( I am now writing an article on him and vitamin D) that there is a vitamin D deficiency pandemic. One of my articles explains that I live in Southern Arizona and sunbathe a lot.

      Dr Holick also says that sun bathing creates co-factors that help the vitamin D to work better. He wrote the Vitamin D Solution and many years ago wrote the UV Advantage. There is only one U.S. state that is tropical-- Hawaii. That is the state with the longest living people. There is always a chance that what a pill says on the label is not right. Dr Mercola says that if people cannot get enough from the sun, they should use those tanning salons, before using a pill.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Chuck - I do believe that if at all possible we should get all of our nutrition from natural sources such as food, and in the case of Vitamin D, from the sun. I live in Texas, so I have the ability to receive plenty of sun, but my body does not absorb it as it should. It may have at one point, but it no longer does. I do not believe that a tanning bed via the salons is the answer because that is too much UV exposure. I grew up in a farming community and many of the farmers suffer from skin cancer, so the extended exposure to UV rays is not advisable making tanning beds inadvisable. So that leaves only supplementation which is working for me and others that I have heard from. Thanks for sharing your views on this.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Barbat79 - pleased that you found this information to be invaluable. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      B A Tobin 3 years ago from Connnecticut

      The pleasure is mine! It is funny how I got all wrapped up in the nutrition of a reptile and while I take the normal multi vitamin and also supplements, as well as eating healthy foods, I see now how we (humans) must be even more aware of our own needs and body reactions. Thank you again for sharing with everyone! I will be looking for more of your writing. Thanks once more and take care!

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Barbat - I think it is harder to stay on top of our nutrition as our soils become depleted and we are not able to get the nutrition we once could from foods. This requires us to find other ways to supplement.

      I don't write as much as I once did because life has gotten in the way, but I hope you do enjoy what you find here.

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      Alex Munkachy 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Good research and well written hub.

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      Anna 3 years ago

      I recently found out I have low Vitamin D. The doctor found it out via blood test. I had symptoms of always being tired ( I am 28) so I shouldn't be tired like that. After a full night's rest, I felt I could sleep all day. That is not how I usually am, so it prompted me to go get things checked out. They have put me on a vitamin D prescription that I have to take once a week for a year. They have not stated why it is low or if this will even fix it. I will say this I feel better up until 2 days prior to taking it again. I can feel my fatigue getting worse which has signaled to me that it is getting low. It is quite annoying but hopefully this prescription will help in the long run..."hopefully!"

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      Carla J Behr 3 years ago from NW PA

      Hi, I had Vitamin D def. as well with a blood level of 4. I live in NWPA so I'm pretty sure it was lack of sunlight. I felt like I was in a coma. Prescription D worked wonders. Thanks for sharing. cjb

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      cbpoet 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Very interesting hub. I lived for five years in Iowa as a child and had a puppy who developed rickets. Thanks for sharing some interesting facts on what deficiencies could have caused this terrible disease.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      I was taking prescription Vitamin D twice a week, but found myself suffering from severe pain and extreme fatigue. It did not help me in the long run, I hope that it does help you. I wish you luck in this journey. It is truly a hard one to travel. The fatigue and pain is so very debilitating.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much mercuryservices.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      So sorry to hear about your puppy. It is often harder to see animals suffer because they are so dependent on us.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      I am so glad that you found relief, calajbehr.

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      Skyjonahmom 3 years ago

      I got blood work done at a health fair. I found out my vitamin d level was a 12. I have been tired and my legs hurt. My doctor said it is a bit low and put me on 2000 iu a day. I asked if this would help me gain back some energy and he said most likely not. He said it just gets low in the winter. The doctor said my energy levels are low because of something else maybe a sleep disorder? Help! Should I get another opinion? I don't think I have a sleeping problem.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Skyjonahmom - I am no medical expert, but it would never hurt to get a second opinion, especially since you seem to be receiving conflicting information.

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      marion langley 3 years ago from The Study

      As a mom I was running across a lot of articles in parenting magazines about the kids getting enough vitamin D. Seemed like Vitamin D supplements were flooding the drugstore isle. I looked up how much sunlight was needed to make sufficient qualities and it was 20 minutes over the course of a week. We get that walking too and from our cars I imagine. There must be something interfering with our absorbtion! You got me thinking; thanks for writing.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      What a wonderful compliment, Marion! I could think of nothing that I would want my writing to do than to help someone think about something in a way that they had not before. Thanks so much for stopping by. I do agree with you. There has to be something different, because this did not used to be a problem. I have vitamin D problems with a tan line. Definitely getting enough sun ....

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      That statement is a Rain Man statement. They asked Rain Man how much a candy bar costs and he said about $100. They asked how much a car costs and he said about $100.

      If you live at the latitude of Boston and lie naked outside all of the time 24/7 for 3 months around the first day of winter, you get no vitamin D. At the latitude of Montreal, there are 5 months of the year where you can not get any vitamin D. Depends on many factors that determine UV index.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      I am not sure what statement you are referring to Chuck, but I live in Texas and we get plenty of sun.

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      It was about the statement saying that you need 20 minutes of sunshine a week to get enough vitamin D like it does not matter where you live. From Marion Langley.

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      Peace2 3 years ago

      This article and the commenting feedback have been very educational for me. I have recently been diagnoses with extremely low levels of Vit. D. -- not surprised since I live in the NW and avoid the sun due to past history of cancer. Not sure what test was used and was told to take 3,000 mg Vit. D per day for 2 months. Researching this condition is making me a bit nervous due to having breast, ovarian and thyroid cancers in past 15 years. I really want to get ahold of this issue and get my levels to normal. Are there particular specialists that can deal with this? -- my physician is an internist.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      I have not found a specialist that I have been able to turn to. I understand your concern ... especially the more I learn about cancer and its causes. Wishing you luck. If you figure out what kind of specialist can help you, please come back and let us know.

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      The closer to the equator that people live, the less cancer they get due to vitamin D. All primates, except humans, live in the tropics or sub-tropics. In the U.S. the only sub-tropic area is Hawaii. They live longer than people in the other states.

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the info, Chuck!

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      Nichole A 3 years ago

      I looked everywhere for information like this! After several recent miscarriages I was sent to a fertility specialist and had a battery of tests performed. The conclusion was hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. I was blown away by both diagnosis's but as for the vitamin D... I can't see how it is possible for me to be deficient! I live in south Florida (where it is 80 in January quite frequently). I am outside at the pool, beach or playground with kiddos at least twice a week, but often it's more frequent, and only use sunscreen if I have been out for hours and feel like I need it. I'm getting PLENTY of "bikini style" sunshine and I'm white with blond hair and blue eyes (but freakishly never burn). I will say that I grew up in Maine and always dealt with SAD (winter depression) so maybe it will take a lifetime of sunshine to make up for it?! Thanks for the info and glad I'm not alone!

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      Cindy Murdoch 3 years ago from Texas

      Nichole - you are not alone. I continue to take 10,000 IU every day and still run on the low side. And from what I have been reading lately, our body absorbs even less as we age, so that is something else to consider.

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      Chuck Bluestein 3 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Nichole A, See my post above. Florida is not a tropic or sub-tropic area . Hawaii is a sub-tropic area. If you go to a doctor they can measure your vitamin D level and if it is low, give you 50,000 IU a day to bring it up.

      Also the D'Action Group says that to avoid the problems of not enough vitamin D, people need "lifeguard levels" of vitamin D. Lifeguards are out in the sun 5 days a week for most of the day.

      Also if you are outside in a bathing suit in Florida during the summer around noon for 2 hours, you would get around 35,000 IU of vitamin D.

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      JT Walters 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Homesteadbound,

      This is an exceptionally well researched and well written article. I did not understand the need for vitamin D and what health issues vitamin d deficiencies caused. Thank you for educating me.

      JT

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      Cindy Murdoch 2 years ago from Texas

      Thanks JT. It is very important for sure.

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