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Recently I was told that my vit d25 was low at 10.2. My calcium was 9.6. Also my parathyroid came back positive. I've seen two doctors. My pcp told me to take 2000 iu of D3 daily and the other np who I am seeing for my bariatric surgery prescribed 50,000 of D2 once a week. I am a female, 68 inches at 272 lbs. I need to get my vit d up asap. Should I do both treatments or just the d3 treatment and increase the dosage? Deirdre

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Asked by  dltaylor67365720200 on April 30, 2016

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  • dltaylor67365720200
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    See title

    Answered by  dltaylor67365720200 on

  • IAW
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    You should read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/ it is very important. Everything there is important but if you are low in magnesium and take high amounts (sometimes even low amounts) of Vitamin D, it may cause you “symptoms”. If you get ANY symptoms, tell me.
    When you say ASAP, how long do you have? (Do we have days or weeks?)
    Do NOT take the D2 and take the D3 daily. The 50,000iu translates to about 8000iu a day but overweight people need even more. The Vitamin D will dilute in your system. I would suggest no lower than 10,000iu a day. The 10,000iu is the “official” safe upper limit. Having said that, I would not do more than 20,000iu a day. (Science tells us that we would have to take more than 40,000iu a day for months before we might become toxic.) I am not a doctor or scientist.
    Having said all that, I am not going to try and talk you out of surgery but there are links to low Vitamin D causing obesity. Then it is a double wammy because once the low levels start a weight increase, then you need even more Vitamin D to compensate when you are already low. I seem to also recall that bariatric surgery can also cause low Vitamin D levels. You need to ingest fats with your Vitamin D for them to absorb well. So if you still have surgery, make sure you keep having those levels checked!!!

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  • dltaylor67365720200
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    My magnesium level was 1.9 mg/dL. And ASAP was 3-4 weeks if I take vit d3 2000iu. Or 2 months if taking the 50000 iu d2 prescription. The sooner the better. You said dont take both. So which course will increase my levels faster. Or am I just dreaming and it takes time? And I read the article for the second time. Thanks

    Deirdre

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  • IAW
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    So I did not like either choice and this is why. Humans make D3, so you need to take D3 not D2. D3 raises levels faster and is what the human body needs. The PCP amount of 2000iu a day is way too low especially for how much you weigh and how low your level is at the moment. At that amount your levels probably will not even change. I don’t know if even 10,000 is going to do much. (see level explanation below)
    Is anyone saying you need to reach a certain Vitamin D level before you can have the surgery? They may be trying to get you to 20ng/ml because that is the bottom of the range. We here at the VDC know that for humans, to be healthy, need a level of at least 50ng/ml. So keep that in mind for now and in the future. Your likely hood of cancer significantly increases with levels below 35ng/ml.
    The magnesium level they do, does not really tell you if you are “overall” deficient. It tells you there is enough in your blood not to die, it does not tell you what you need to be healthy. Vitamin D uses up a lot of magnesium to process. This is why some people start to have symptoms when they start taking Vitamin D. Even very low amounts of Vitamin D can do this, if you are magnesium deficient.
    Many times I ask people to report back to me their progress. This is so I might be able to use the information to help others in the future.Right now I do not have a lot of “anecdotal” information in the weight and Vitamin D level area.
    If you have more questions, just ask especially if I have not been clear enough.

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