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Low Vitamin D w/supplements?

Answered on December 05, 2013
Created December 04, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Hi there- I've been supplementing w/Vitamin D3 (5,000 IU- Nutrigold brand) for about 4 months now. Just had blood work done and my levels are low (23.9). What could be causing this?

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on December 05, 2013
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blood D3 levels rise slowly in my experience, so may be try & push the next test out by a few more days if possible.

& double the D3 dose to 10,000 just for those few days & take in the mornings so as not to risk disturbing your sleep. & Do Not take on the day of the test as will likely effect the result.

Vitamin A is protective against Vitamin D toxicity, so as mentioned prev make sure your Vit A (retinol) intake is okay.

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on December 05, 2013
at 03:12 PM

Hmm I take a multi, so I should be fine as far as Vitamin A, but I haven't explored k2 at all.

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on December 05, 2013
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The test units were in ng/mL and unfortunately my last doctor did not test my Vitamin D, so I don't know where my levels were prior to starting supplements 4 months ago. My new doctor wants to retest my blood again in a week; I had other strange results- extremely high cholesterol and elevated liver function, so she wants to rule out a lab error. She said if my D levels are still low she'd want me to see a Gastro to see if malabsorption is the cause.

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at 03:05 PM

I have not. Thanks for the suggestion- I'll definitely look into it.

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on December 05, 2013
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did you test your levels before you started supplementing...you may have just been very low. in which case at 5,000 IU p/d your levels are probably rising slowly (but surely).

you could mega dose for a while if you want to speed things up. make sure you are getting Vits A and K as well.

Are the test units ng/mL or nmol/L (if nmol/L then you are very deficient)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 05, 2013
at 09:22 PM

blood D3 levels rise slowly in my experience, so may be try & push the next test out by a few more days if possible.

& double the D3 dose to 10,000 just for those few days & take in the mornings so as not to risk disturbing your sleep. & Do Not take on the day of the test as will likely effect the result.

Vitamin A is protective against Vitamin D toxicity, so as mentioned prev make sure your Vit A (retinol) intake is okay.

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on December 05, 2013
at 03:11 PM

The test units were in ng/mL and unfortunately my last doctor did not test my Vitamin D, so I don't know where my levels were prior to starting supplements 4 months ago. My new doctor wants to retest my blood again in a week; I had other strange results- extremely high cholesterol and elevated liver function, so she wants to rule out a lab error. She said if my D levels are still low she'd want me to see a Gastro to see if malabsorption is the cause.

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on December 05, 2013
at 01:35 AM

Perhaps low vitamin k2 or A. Add more cholesterol and fats into your diet if you aren't already. Eat some liver.

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Sidebar:

I'd recommend trying to get some midday sun over supplementation. Personally, I'd rather trust the biofeedback mechanisms in my skin rather than bypassing it with a supplement.

Who knows what the future holds for vitamin D? I'm not so sure that it's all positive.

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on December 05, 2013
at 03:12 PM

Hmm I take a multi, so I should be fine as far as Vitamin A, but I haven't explored k2 at all.

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on December 05, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Have you researched taking d with k2 for absorption?

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on December 05, 2013
at 03:05 PM

I have not. Thanks for the suggestion- I'll definitely look into it.

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