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My uncle age is 52 years, weight is 75kg.His Serum 25 OH-Vitamin D total 5.2ng/ml, He has also mild early Osteoarthritis on bilateral knee joints,His routine examination of blood shows Neutrophil 77%, Eosinophil 06%,Basophil 00% are slightly abnormal,Rbc shows Normocytic normochromic. Plateletes are adequate on smear. His uric acid, Haemoglobin is normal and have no thyroid.But low on vitamin D. He is suffering from muscle pain and muscle weakness, Digestion problem, sleep disorders. So please suggest which vitamin D3 supplement will be helpful for him & please mention how to take it.and calcium is necessary for his early orthoarthritis and a diet chart.

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Asked by  avishek.sarkar7364440600 on September 17, 2016

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  •  avishek.sarkar7364440600 on

    See title

    Answered by  avishek.sarkar7364440600 on

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    I am not a doctor. When someone has that low of a Vitamin D deficiency a doctor usually prescribes 50,000 iu of Vitamin D (D3 NOT D2) to take once a week for at least 8 weeks. The doctor should then retest to make sure your levels have increased. This 50,000iu translates to about 8000iu A DAY. It is better for you to take Vitamin D on a daily basis rather than weekly if possible. (Vitamin D3 is also called cholecalciferol.)
    We recommend that everyone maintain a “healthy” level of 50ng/ml. So once he reaches this level, and feels better, he will need a maintenance dosage of 5000iu a day or maybe 6000iu a day since he weighs a little more.
    You need to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important. If there is not enough magnesium in his diet, then Vitamin D will cause symptoms.
    His level is below 10ng/ml so he probably actually has Osteomalacia/adult rickets.
    His knee issues are from lack of Vitamin D. If he has enough calcium in his diet, then he probably does not need to supplement.
    He should take all of the Vitamin D at once with a meal.

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    • IAW
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      I forgot to say that Vitamin D should only make you feel better. If he gets any new symptoms, then you should come back and tell me!

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