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Mayflowers
Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 2:32pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi,
I thought we could all post here our vitamin D levels to compare notes.

My oldest son's vitamin D levels were 17 about 6 months ago. I've been giving him 5,000 ius of D when ever I can catch him. He's 21 and always "out with his friends" He eats out as well. But his D levels are now 29 so they're coming up.     Problem was this time he's anemic so I have to give him iron. (genetic issue)

I haven't gotten my levels checked yet..I've been taking 5,000 ius.  I will shortly.

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Hi,
I thought we could all post here our vitamin D levels to compare notes.

My oldest son's vitamin D levels were 17 about 6 months ago. I've been giving him 5,000 ius of D when ever I can catch him. He's 21 and always "out with his friends" He eats out as well. But his D levels are now 29 so they're coming up.     Problem was this time he's anemic so I have to give him iron. (genetic issue)

I haven't gotten my levels checked yet..I've been taking 5,000 ius.  I will shortly.


I don't know what mine were pre vitamin D3 supplementation, but I take 5,000 IU daily and my last test was 60...I was very happy and my doctor who thought I was taking too much, upped his dose when he saw my results...
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Good job getting your son's D levels up, MF...That's progress

Haven't been tested since March but it was 67 then.  So given it was winter and I had received
no sunlight for a long while, taking 5,000 iu per day all winter kept me at a very good number.
Some days I take none....other days 10,000 but I average about 5,000 iu.  I'm doing this for
about 3+ years.


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Mine last year were 33, after I'd been taking 3000-5,000 iu daily for years. My MD told me to take 10,000 iu per day, but I went over that. (The habit of taking a handful of pills never quite left me, even when I switched from 1,000 iu to 5,000 iu pills.) Then, in March, they were up to 83, and my MD told me to drop down to 1,000 iu per day. I ignored her advice, not wanting to become deficient again. I stopped taking it altogether for about a week, and  I'm now taking 5,000 iu per day, when I remember.   I probably take it about 5 days a week.

My Mom just got her blood levels checked, and she's at 30, which HER doctor says is perfectly fine.  


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Thanks Chloe! Thanks for the 5,000 ius suggestion.  


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My Mom just got her blood levels checked, and she's at 30, which HER doctor says is perfectly fine


That's just wrong. My doctor said 32 is normal as well. The range is 32-100 that is normal..Hello?!!
You and Chloe could still be deficient!  I'd like to get mine to up in the 80's.
My level was 25 and I have osteopenia..so that should tell you something. (But could it also be from those years trying to eat low carb?)

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Mine is 50 and I take cod liver oil.
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What I've read online is that 50-80 is a healthy level, putting 83 above the healthy range. My labwork stated 30-80 as the healthy range, fortunately my doctor knew better and told me to supplement when my levels came up as 33 (although,  by the time her office staff called to tell me to supplement, she'd forgotten I got that low level taking 5,000 iu a day and told me to take 2,000 iu per day! Only with a repeat phone call did she recomend the 10,000 iu per day.) She did tell me to cut back when it was over 80, which matches what I read online.

I was incredibly frustrated when I researched at that time- even the Vitamin D council listed "theoretical dangers of vitamin D overdose" but never gave a range of lab tests to worry about- just lots and lots of articles about what oral dose could or couldn't become an overdose.

My Mom's lab listed the "healthy range" as 30-100. Now that I see at least one lab listing 100 as the upper limit, I'm thinking I was never in any kind of danger at 83.

Fortunately, she's very comfortable taking supplements, so if I pick up some Vitamin D pills for her, she'll add it to her daily routine. She seemed to think that she was already getting enough, since a few different supplements each provide 100% of the daily value for D, but I explained to her that 800-1200 iu isn't all that much, and I was deficient while taking several thousand iu a day.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah , 18yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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My Mom's lab listed the "healthy range" as 30-100. Now that I see at least one lab listing 100 as the upper limit, I'm thinking I was never in any kind of danger at 83.


That's what I just said..    100 is considered normal So by ND standards..is 67 or 83 still low?
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Oh, and before I forget: is there a quick, simple link to explain to my Mom about the dangers of low vitamin D levels? She's aware of its affect on bone density, but seems to think her vitamin D levels are "fine" because her latest bone density scan showed no problems. I know it can affect other parts of the body, but I've forgotten what.

And where did you get the info that 100 is a "normal" level?


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And where did you get the info that 100 is a "normal" level?


On my lab report. It listed the normal levels and then it lists my level.
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If I keep up my supplemental vitamin D intake to its present level and get some real sun rays this summer, my number should go up.  My D level has been steadily rising...I would like to reach at least 80 but my doctor was happy with 67......said my levels were way higher than his other patients. Most everyone is way too low and many doctors don't even measure D.  Especially growing children.


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From here: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/

"take 5,000 IU per day for 2–3 months, then obtain a 25-hydroxyvitamin D test. Adjust your dosage so that blood levels are between 50–80 ng/mL (or 125–200 nM/L) year-round.

And there is a table on this next page. I hope it's ok to post links??

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2002/02/23/vitamin-d-deficiency-part-one.aspx
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The problem with links to Mercola's website is that you have to register to read anything, and then they spam me with "newsletters" after I log in, and then when I unsubscribe from the "newsletters" I'm no longer able to read anything on the website again. No thanks. I'll get my information from other sources.


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The problem with links to Mercola's website is that you have to register to read anything, and then they spam me with "newsletters" after I log in, and then when I unsubscribe from the "newsletters" I'm no longer able to read anything on the website again. No thanks. I'll get my information from other sources.


Yeah that's a pain...that was what came up when I googled optimum level...How is your healing from fibromyalgia going. Do you have problems with your thyroid?
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The only time I ever had a diagnosed low thyroid was when I was on a medication that suppresses thyroid function (as a side effect)- when I got off that medication, I was able to get off the synthroid as well. Now I'm sure to eat plenty of iodine in the form of sea vegetables (most of which are diamond or beneficial on SWAMI.)

I've been more tired and sore the past couple of months- the combination of stress and some poor food choices as a result of that stress. I'm slowly rebuilding. I jumped back into SWAMI-recomended portion sizes and frequency, as well as exercise recomendations, two weeks ago, and I overdid things. I forgot all about how I need to ease into things, or the fibro can flare up again. This week I cut my exercise in half (which is still more than I'd been doing before) and today I ate more frequently than I'd been doing the past two weeks.


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The only time I ever had a diagnosed low thyroid was when I was on a medication that suppresses thyroid function (as a side effect)- when I got off that medication, I was able to get off the synthroid as well. Now I'm sure to eat plenty of iodine in the form of sea vegetables (most of which are diamond or beneficial on SWAMI.)

I've been more tired and sore the past couple of months- the combination of stress and some poor food choices as a result of that stress. I'm slowly rebuilding. I jumped back into SWAMI-recomended portion sizes and frequency, as well as exercise recomendations, two weeks ago, and I overdid things. I forgot all about how I need to ease into things, or the fibro can flare up again. This week I cut my exercise in half (which is still more than I'd been doing before) and today I ate more frequently than I'd been doing the past two weeks.


The reason I ask is because I heard there might be a connection between low thyroid and fibromyalgia. Good that you are off of those meds...and rebuilding!! It definitely take times to heal...I guess the days just get better and better. Can I ask how you eat your sea vegetables. I can have dulse, spirulina and wakame but really have a hard time getting it down, right now I'm taking an iodine supplement but want to stop that...and have to find a palatable way to eat them...
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I just munch my sea veggies as a snack. It's definitely an aquired taste, but it's one that I've aquired. I've also been adding them to veggie/bean soups, as DD2 won't take any supplements regularly and I want to make sure she's getting enough iodine.


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I like the roasted nori snacks. I get them at the Asian store usually. My Chinese/Thai boss turned me on to them. Sea's Gift Korean Nori. This brand adds canola oil. Some brands use avoid oils like corn oil so you have to read the labels. They are very tasty.. like eating chips.

I'm thinking I didn't get the stomach virus my sons had last month because my D levels are up there.
Maybe I'll get tested this weekend.
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Interesting comment about vitamin D and staying healthy. DS has had a cough for over a week, and has been under the weather, but not really SICK. I'm doing my best to keep him off sugar and eating plenty of fruits and veggies and beneficial foods, but this cough is still lingering.

Maybe he needs some more vitamin D. I don't think I've given any of the kids D since before Passover, when I re-arranged the kitchen cabinets and moved the supplements. I figured he was probably getting plenty of D, being a redhead who plays outside a lot, but maybe he needs another squirt of vitamin D (I have a dropper bottle with olive oil and D3 that I gave the kids over the winter.)


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Maybe he needs some more vitamin D. I don't think I've given any of the kids D since before Passover, when I re-arranged the kitchen cabinets and moved the supplements. I figured he was probably getting plenty of D, being a redhead who plays outside a lot, but maybe he needs another squirt of vitamin D (I have a dropper bottle with olive oil and D3 that I gave the kids over the winter.)


It's a good idea to have the D levels checked twice a year. Then you won't be wondering.
My son Niki is due for a check. His levels were 25 in Basic.
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He's not due for a visit with the pediatrician until the summer- I plan to ask about vitamin D checks for all 3 of them when I bring them in. I've been getting mine checked 4X a year, but I only started that in the fall, after the kids had seen their doctor.


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I was just talking to a psychologist in my division about my spring allergies and itchy eyes. I usually get them pretty bad every year..for about 2 weeks in the begining of May. This year I got them at the end of April and I hardly had any itching. I few days I used Rx and then it went away! I said to her I bet it's because my D levels are back up again. She agreed. Vitamin D is very subtle on how it improves the immune system. The bones are next to be built back up..  

She also told me she had a patient who's level was 5 !  OMG!
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I was just talking to a psychologist in my division about my spring allergies and itchy eyes. I usually get them pretty bad every year..for about 2 weeks in the begining of May. This year I got them at the end of April and I hardly had any itching. I few days I used Rx and then it went away! I said to her I bet it's because my D levels are back up again. She agreed. Vitamin D is very subtle on how it improves the immune system. The bones are next to be built back up..  

She also told me she had a patient who's level was 5 !  OMG!


We've noticed that we haven't had a cold or flu or anything in a few years now, since taking 5,000 IU a day...
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We've noticed that we haven't had a cold or flu or anything in a few years now, since taking 5,000 IU a day...


My son managed to NOT contract mono from his ex girlfriend...I'm happy to say his immune system is working much better with his levels up to 29.  I give him 5,000 a day if I can catch him. I just gave him a capsule today so I'm happy.  (along with a multi, 2 irons and 2 C 500)  Mind you he's 6'4"  He could probably take 2 multis or 3 .  

I'm shooting for my level to be 100...along with my sons.
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Curious.  What differences have you noticed with your increased D levels?
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