Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Very Low Vit D

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Very Low Vit D

    I have Hashimotos which is doing very well with meds and low carb. My Vit D however is another story. It was at 7 and we brought it up to 13 but couldnt increase it further. I have tried meds, sunshine (was already doing anyway) and milk. I have now stopped drinking milk (lactose issues my entire life) and after reading studies stopped the weekly Vit D supplement. It didnt matter anyway since neither of which were working. I was doing them for over a yr so time wasn't the issue.

    Any ideas?

  • #2
    What kind of vit D supplement were you taking, and why only weekly? I have struggled for years to keep my vit D levels up and I take 5000IU/day, which keeps it in a happy place (100+/-).
    You can also get it from things like salmon and eggs, not just milk. It's fat soluble, so best to take it with a meal with a good amount of fats in it, or take it in a gelcap form - I take this. Make sure you take D3, not D2, as D3 is the form that's naturally occurring in the body.
    I certainly wouldn't just give up on it because it's not working, if I were you. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a whole host of other issues. What were the studies you read that convinced you to stop taking the supplement?

    Comment


    • #3
      Make sure it's D3, liquid form often works best for supplements. I have taken up to 20,000 IU per day to get my levels from about 17 to mid 50s. If you're worried about taking too much, don't be. My doctor told me to take this much. I take anywhere from 4k-6k IU per day now, depending on if I remember and how I feel.

      I take this: Vitacost Vitamin D Drops -- 2000 IU per serving - 1 fl oz - Vitacost

      Make sure you are getting sources of vitamin K and A. I think one of those is needed to go along with Vitamin d.
      Depression Lies

      Comment


      • #4
        I will find them, give me a bit though.
        I was taking 50,000IU in green softgel capsule form, prescribed by my endo. What would indicate if it's D2 or D3?
        I eat eggs almost every day. I grew up eating Salmon, not something unfamiliar in our home.

        My endo thinks I have some absorption issue. Is that really possible? I have been low on Vit Dat least since I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, which was 15 years ago.

        Thanks for the input and ideas.
        Last edited by umm7; 05-07-2013, 08:59 AM.

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by umm7 View Post
          I will find them, give me a bit though.
          I was taking 50,000IU in green softgel capsule form, prescribed by my endo.
          I eat eggs almost every day. I grew up eating Salmon, not something unfamiliar in our home.

          My endo thinks I have some absorption issue. Is that really possible? I have been low on Vit Dat least since I was diagnosed with Hashimotos, which was 15 years ago.

          Thanks for the input and ideas.
          How often were you taking that prescription? I think you said weekly before, so does that mean once a week? Everyday would be better, though probably not at that dose (try 10,000-20,000 and get retested in a couple of months).

          Definitely makes sense that you could have an absorption issue.
          Vitamin D Absorption is Usually NOT the problem....
          Magnesium helps convert vitamin D into the active form in the blood.
          Depression Lies

          Comment


          • #6
            Docs generally prescribe D2, which can be poorly converted to D3, the form that the body uses.

            Great info at Vitamin D | Vitamin D Council | Providing information on vitamin D
            Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
            Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
            Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article

            Comment


            • #7
              I just did some reading online and it's D2 -
              So that doesn't work at all? The only time my Vit D comes up is when I'm pregnant. It's also the only time I can eat gluten without feeling like crap.

              Comment


              • #8
                Then looks like I will be ordering those liquid drops. Thanks! I just had a baby so I know that my D will drop pretty soon back to around 7 or 8. I think that is way too low.

                Comment


                • #9
                  I found what I read, and it was against D2.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Have you been tested for celiac disease?

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      While pregnant (blood test) but since autoimmune diseases do better with pregnancy so the endo said it wasn't a good way to know. My doctor suggested doing a biopsy, being the only absolute way of confirming. I haven't done it, and honestly probably won't. It is quite expensive, and I don't have insurance (due to having a pre-existing condition i.e.. Hashimotos). I just leave wheat alone, as much as possible.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Definitley ditch the D2, it does nothing. My last test came back at 21 and my dr. told me to take an over the counter 3-4,000 D3 supplement everyday.
                        *Sara*

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Most of the time I don't think the testing is necessary. If gluten doesn't agree with you don't eat it. Testing is just going to tell you what you already know and add to the list of reasons for insurance companies to deny you benefits.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Yes, you can certainly be having absorbtion issues, most probably you are. Most G.I. problems or diseases involve or stem from Inflation of the intestional and stomach lining. Start taking the liquid Vit D3 now, but it may not be well absorbed until you have been completely abstaining from grains and sucrose for a few months and the inflation issignificantly reduced. Get a C-Reactive Protein test to determine your general inflation level.
                            Last edited by Cryptocode; 05-07-2013, 02:43 PM.
                            "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              I hear you about the cost. We have insurance, but a SUPER high deductible.

                              Here's the problem with not knowing-celiac disease doesn't always heal. If you are strictly avoiding gluten (not just wheat), and are still have deficiencies, it could mean damage that hasn't healed. It sometimes never heals and leaves people open for terrible gi issues. This can especially be true if the disease went undetected for a long time. That's sadly what they are trying to figure out for me now. I'm have the capsule endoscopy soon.

                              Looking back, the only time I was ever well was during my three pregnancies. Lots of women have infertility, but I had a neurological presentation of celiac.

                              I've had trouble with the vit d, too. The Rx never helped me either. D3 is the way to go. A big dose with some fatty food twice a week is how I do it. As long as I keep that up, I'm okay.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X