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My D vitamin level is 20.42 ng/ml. I have done it because I had depression, extreme fatigue,hair loss,headaches etc. Prior to this I was diagnosed with Thyreoiditis and multiple colloidal noduls in thyroid,after with fybrocystic breasts. My TSH,Free T4 and Free T3 is within the norm on the low point of the range. I don't have Tgl antobodies and microsomal antibodies. My serum Iodine (which I know is not as accurate as 24 iodine urine test) is 70 ug/l. I analysed my life regimen last 10-20 years,I spent most of the days inside,on university as A grade student needed to study lot so lacked the time to spend outside on the sun, after marriage some days even not going out at all (as I was on the after delivery leave and also had some restrictions). Could D vitamin defficiency cause my thyroid and breast problems? How much UI should I start to take to raise D vitamin levels? (I have bought D3 liquid form,have not started yet. I have started with lugol's iodine now too,previously was taking potassium iodide tablets 200 mcg. a day prescribed by a doctor). In my country there is no reliable doctors who work with D vitamin defficiency and most of them even don't know how correctly test for it, no professional naturopaths.

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Asked by  sashelteringsky776492800 on August 8, 2016

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  •  sashelteringsky776492800 on

    See title

    Answered by  sashelteringsky776492800 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    “Could D vitamin deficiency cause my thyroid and breast problems?” Yes.
    Are you sure your level was measured as ng/ml and not nmol/l?
    You need to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important.
    Since your level is not 10 or below, we usually recommend taking 5000iu a day. (This is if you are around an average weight of 150lbs.) After about two months we would recommend having your levels tested again to make sure they are increasing. We also recommend that everyone maintains a “healthy” level of 50ng/ml. So you must keep on taking the 5000iu or more or else your levels will plummet again. If you have health issues, then you may want to keep your level higher in the range around 80ng/ml and you may have to take more than the 5000iu to accomplish that.
    Sometimes Vitamin D can “uncover” or cause a mineral deficiency. It is usually magnesium that is deficient. It is talked about in the above link.
    Taking 10,000iu a day is the “official” safe upper limit amount to take. If you would like to try and “jump start” yourself, take10,000iu for 7 days, then drop down to 5000iu. Then wait two months before testing yourself, if that is possible.
    Vitamin D should only make you feel better so if you get any new symptoms, let me know.

    Answered by  IAW on

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       IAW on

      I forgot to say that levels below 40ng/ml and your risk of cancer and autoimmune disease increases dramatically and as you already know, health issues.

      Answered by  IAW on
    •  sashelteringsky776492800 on

      I double checked,It was measured in ng/ml. Thanks for reference.Was going to ask about other vitamins and minerals to be taken along. As I looked on ingredients of supplement they contain harmful additives. Decided to take them in natural way from food. I have read kefir and some kind of cheese contains K2 vitamin so I’m taking them. For zinc taking pumpkin seeds. Do I need to take supplements additionally if my diet is enriched with various foods? If D vitamin level will raise how much vitamin D should be taken to maintain?

      Answered by  sashelteringsky776492800 on
    •  sashelteringsky776492800 on

      Forgot to say using magnesium oil transdermally for magnesium supplementation.

      Answered by  sashelteringsky776492800 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    Most average weight people need 5000iu a day to maintain.
    If you have a very good diet then you should not need to use supplements. Now if any of your symptoms get worse or you get new symptoms, then we should reevaluate.
    Was your Vitamin D test what we call “blood spot test” of did someone actually take blood from your arm? The reason I ask is that I am surprised your level was not even lower. Because it was not down around 10, I suggested the “jump start” and then go to 5000iu a day. If you want you could try and take a higher amount than the 5000iu for a longer period of time before dropping down to the 5000iu. You have quite a few symptoms, so let me know what you think. When deficient you really need more Vitamin D upfront and less later on to maintain.

    Answered by  IAW on
  •  sashelteringsky776492800 on

    Blood was taken from my arm.It could be lower when I got diagnosed with thyroid nodules and breast fybrocystic dessease in 2008 and earlier.Process probably started earlier.But I went back to my little city where I have a garden and can afford fresh fruits and vegetables and as I was litterally craving for sun and fresh air when I walked a dog outside I was exposing myself to late morning,not irritating sun. I have never tested vitamin D before and the reason it was around 20 ng/ml and not under likely that I was doing all said above and paying attention to what I eat. I completely eliminated processed food. Before testing, around half a year ago I started to have pain in my leg bones especially shin and calf bones. As I started to take 5 000 IU vitamin D now this pain still is there yet. Improvements I noticed in a very short period are that I have a better mood, my fatigue started to be bearable, my tension headaches are milder,my cardioneurosis is not annoying and overall I noticed some inflow of energy. I took vitamin D for testing at morning,at afternoon and at evening. When taking at evening got insomnia, when took at morning it did not feel as beneficial as taking it at afternoon,likely to its physiological pique time. Can proper exposure to sun at its UV pique raise vitamin D without supplementation,at least for the summer months? If thyroid nodules and cysts are caused by vitamin D defficiency after raising its levels can these changes in thyroid to be reversed?

    Answered by  sashelteringsky776492800 on

  • IAW
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     IAW on

    “Can proper exposure to sun at its UV pique raise vitamin D without supplementation,at least for the summer months?” This depends on the latitude you live at, skin color, how long you go out for, what time you go out (sun high overhead) and how much clothing you have on or should I say do not have on (large areas of skin are needed). Then you can add weather on top of that, rain and clouds then there is less to no UV.
    One of our members had great success with Vitamin D and cystic breasts. I am surprised you have no thyroid antibodies. Inflammation, though, goes back to Vitamin D deficiency so I would assume it will be possible to help in that regard. (I have no studies to show you in that regards and no anecdotal stories yet.) Just keep in mind that you need at least the 5000iu and you may need more than that.
    If you have pain in your leg bones, it may have been the start of adult rickets.
    I am glad you are feeling somewhat better.

    Answered by  IAW on