Even though I eat many of the foods listed, take a multi vitamin and D3, 2000 iu, I was tested low in "D". My Droctor increased my "D" to 4000 iu's a day. I do have RA and stay out of sun, don't want skin cancer just to get vitamin D. I never take vitamins or supplements before checking with my Doctor. Sometimes ones body doesn't absorb certain minerals or vitamins as it should. And one doesn't want to have toxic levels by getting too much. As far as D2 or ,D3, the bodys preferred form of "D" is D3..
I do monitor my vitamin D intake, and take supplements when needed. Unfortunately, the Nutrition Information for most of the foods listed in this article (i.e., salmon, tuna, and mackerel) does not include any Vitamin D data. It would be nice if this could be corrected.
I hate to be a grammar Nazi, but this article should have had better proofreading; obvious mistakes are kind of distracting to some readers. They make the author and site look unprofessional.
4/4/2013 11:27:04 AM
This article is very misleading. Vitamin D3 and D2 are not interchangeable. Please check your facts through an Endocrinologist. The advice in this article is incorrect and could cause serious problems with D3 deficient patients.
4/4/2013 10:08:57 AM
Great article. The one thing I would caution is most doctors just put people on supplements because of their age or background instead of taking the test. Problem is, supplements typically have a VERY low absorption rate (~20%). So the doctor says you are fine because you are taking a supplement and they never actually find out if you are fine. Statistically, you likely still need the test and a diet review. Supplementation is rarely a substitute for diet.
The article needs to be corrected re the acceptable levels of Vitamin D. According to my latest blood test taken March 2013, on the blood test results form it's 30 to 100 ng/ml. As I was at 33.5, my doctor advised me to supplement my diet to bring it up more.
I think I will be getting a Vitamen D test again in November. I took one in Feburary last year and I was just below and took an over the counter supplement. I suspected it for years because I suffer form some serious seasonal depression and low engergy during the winter months (Nov-Apr) here in South East WI. I walk 2 miles everyday so from Apr-Oct I feel pretty good because I get at least 40 minutes or more of sun exposure wiht no sun screen. It isn't until about this time of year (end of September) that I notice my engery starting to slow down. Then right after Christmas I get cranky tired, depressed and well just want to sleep all day. I am gonna take the test again this year. I think I will do once before winter, in the middle and right after, and then in the middle of summer.
8/4/2012 7:07:01 PM
I asked my doctor a couple of years ago about the blood test for vitamin D and he told me that the test was over $100, and , "You are past 50, you are deficient." He recommended Caltrate with D3 by name (his preference) to bring me up to par. Like anything else, it works if you make yourself take the supplements (they are to be taken with food for best absorption) I forget.
VITAMIN D IS LINKED TO CHILDHOOD OBESITY BECAUSE OUR KIDS DON'T GO OUTSIDE QND PLAY ANY MORE! When I was a kid, our parents were always saying, "Go outside and play!" I even had q friend who's mother locked her qnd her siblings out of the house from 9 am until noon, and from 12:30 until five pm! No sunshine plus no playing equals fat kids! Duh!!!
Thanks, for this article.It is interestingly packed with valuable and useful information, well, for me it is. Most unusual was the the part about "Vitamin D3 from the skins of animals and from sheep's wool; after reading that I began to itch:-). However, I totally agree with the vegetarian consensus, in using the D2 form instead of D3 as supplementation.
You also have two links that I found to important and are filled with helpful and useful pieces information and I plan on utilizating them. The link, " How to Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D" comments that among 3 foods, egg yolks contain vitamin D naturally. This is the planned link to utilize after gathering additional information and discussing the it with my physician or medical staff.
For those whose doctors prescribe vitamin D for specific medical conditions, please follow your doctor's advice.
For those who take Vitamin D because they think it's a good idea or because the doc said they should but who do not have a medical condition, think long and hard about whether you need it. There was a big push of vitamin D and now it turns out that we don't need it, that a review of the medical literature published on the need for extra vitamin D was biased or misinterpreted. Excess of any vitamin that isn't water soluble isn't good for you. I have always expected better of Spark but I am beginning to question the health and medical advice published here.
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