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    Vitamin D Deficiency Results

    I just got my vitamin D level results back. My level is 6, Dr. said it should be between 30 to 60. I start taking a vitamin D supplement tomorrow. Dr. said it's common in the SCI population.

    I read tonight that you are supposed to take Magnesium along with the vitamin D to help with absorption. I'm going to ask my Dr. about it tomorrow. Anyone else heard this?
    Renee

    #2
    I've not heard about taking magnesium with Vit D ... but I was low this summer too. I'm taking 3 drops daily (1000 iu per drop).

    I think it's a good idea for all of us to take at least a multi-vitamin. I take that, as well as extra Vit D and iron (with the thought being that inability to walk means that the muscles aren't moving over bones, stimulating those little red blood cell factories in the marrow ... but unsure on the validity of that claim ... sounds good to me though!)

    I like to get my Vit C from orange juice or fruit ... but sometimes I find it's irritating to my aging paralytic bladder. I've increased my milk intake as well so I assume I'm getting enough Vit D ... though it's difficult to tell for a paralyzed woman on the brink of menopause!

    My body would not heal from pressure sores until my iron came back up so that is why I take extra there too.
    Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

    T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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      #3
      I haven't heard of taking Magnesium with Vitamin D, but that could be true. Check with your physician or pharmacist. You can also get Vitamin D from short periods of exposure to the sun - like 15-20 minutes a day. Make sure that you wear sunscreen.

      We are seeing a lot more Vitamin D deficiency since there has been such a big push on skin cancer. Remember, that a small amount of sun is ok.

      CKF
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        Many, many people in the northern hemisphere are Vitamin D deficient, including myself. I have also never heard of taking magnesium, but I have heard of taking a calcium supplement with vitamin D as part of the tablet. Something like Caltrate, or Oscal.

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          #5
          The reason for Magnesium along with the viamin D is mainly because of constipation. When you body processes the Vitamine D, it uses Magnesium. Low Magnesium levels can lead to constipation..

          I've always been low on vitamin D. Even in the summer I'm supposed to take 1000um a day..Winter time I double it.

          Well this time when I started jacking up my dose, I wasn't taking a multi-vitamin as well, which lead to the low magnesium...which lead to a pain in the ass (pun intended).

          Cool thing about vitamin D is it's fat soluable..so if you want, you could take a weeks worth of it in one shot. It will be abosrbed by fatty tissues for your body to use later.

          Just got to remember when you start on it, take a suppliment with magnesium...Or when you are upping your doseage to do the same.
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          C5-6 / '88

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            #6
            I read today that the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D was recently boosted from 200 iu to 600 iu.
            Tom

            "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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              #7
              Oprah Winfrey would not lie...

              Originally posted by TomRL View Post
              I read today that the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D was recently boosted from 200 iu to 600 iu.
              on her website I found this:
              "Your average [100- to 200-] pound person is going to require probably between 2,000 and 4,000 units of vitamin D a day,"
              http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Vitamin-D-Deficiency

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                #8
                I just started taking 5000 IU a day, usually with a fish oil capsule.

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                  #9
                  Vitamin D deficiency is now recognized as a pandemic. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased risk of common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases. In the absence of adequate sun exposure, at least 800-1000 IU vitamin D3/d may be needed.
                  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18400738

                  Vitamin D3 is synthesized in the skin during summer under the influence of ultraviolet light of the sun, or it is obtained from food, especially fatty fish. Risk factors for vitamin D deficiency are premature birth, skin pigmentation, low sunshine exposure. Muscle cells contain vitamin D receptor and several studies have demonstrated that serum 25(OH)D is related to physical performance. The active metabolite 1,25(OH)2D has an antiproliferative effect and downregulates inflammatory markers.
                  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...t=AbstractPlus

                  The conclusion was the UL for vitamin D consumption by adults should be 10 000 IU/d.
                  [Yes, that's Ten Thousand!]
                  http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full...urcetype=HWCIT

                  REVIEW ARTICLE: "Risk assessment for vitamin D"
                  which details arriving at the 10,000 IU/day figure
                  http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full...urcetype=HWCIT
                  "Let your food be your medicine" - Hippocrates

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                    #10
                    Thanks for all the replies they have been helpful!

                    My Dr. prescribed 50,000 iu's vitamin D once a week, go back for blood test in 8 weeks. He agrees that Magnesium can help combat constipation.

                    I hope this treatment helps get rid of the vitamin D deficiency symptoms I'm experiencing.

                    I'll keep you guys posted!
                    Renee

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                      #11
                      I think that sun exposure is a bunch of hooey. i am alway sin the sun and mine is low and I am not an SCI pt. and supposedly normal (????) I take the once a week pill and trying to get it normal for past six months. I encourage everyone to get their Vitamin D levels checked. Alot of research is being done on this- we know it has to do with bone health , who knows what else!!!!
                      CWO
                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                        I think that sun exposure is a bunch of hooey. i am alway sin the sun and mine is low and I am not an SCI pt. and supposedly normal (????) I take the once a week pill and trying to get it normal for past six months. I encourage everyone to get their Vitamin D levels checked. Alot of research is being done on this- we know it has to do with bone health , who knows what else!!!!
                        CWO
                        I agree with you. When my levels came back low a couple of years ago it happened to be summer, and I made an enormous effort to get about twenty minutes of sun a day, even when I didn't feel like going outside at all. No change. Only high dose tablets brought the levels up to normal range.

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