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My daughter is 15 years old and her D3 test level came in today and is "11" the nurse practitioner said I could give her 2000 a day and retest in 3 months. Im worried that her level is extremely low, should I get a second opinion on dosing or will 2000 be okay for now? I also read an article recently in my search that said doses of 2000 were harmful to the heart and liver.

Asked by  livinthedream316864500 on February 12, 2018

  •  livinthedream316864500 on

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  •  IAW on

    Well the article you read is absolutely not true.
    I encourage everyone to read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important!
    We here at the VDC believe in maintaining “healthy” levels of a minimum 50ng/ml. This is because at levels of 40ng/ml and below, your chance for cancer and autoimmune disease rises “dramatically”.
    At 15 years old I will assume for the moment she weighs around 114lbs. (If she weighs a lot more or less, let me know.) Does she presently have ANY health issues? If so I might recommend something different.
    If no health issues, I would do this. She definitely needs a minimum of 4-5000iu a day. The 2000iu is not enough to get her levels to 50ng/ml. When you test her in 3 months (we usually recommend 8 weeks) her level should be around the 50ng/ml. If it is not, or it is quite a bit higher than 50ng/ml, come back and tell me. Even if it is higher, she will be fine. We usually recommend 5000iu for an adult weighing 150lbs. So eventually she may be able to get by on a maintenance dosage of 4000iu a day.
    If you want to, you could treat her with 6-7000iu for a month and then drop to the 4-5000iu for 2 months and then check her levels. The important part is before retesting, make sure you take the same amount for the entire 8 weeks. That is how long it takes on any given amount of Vitamin D to see what level that particular amount will give you.
    Since we are headed for spring/summer, if she spends a lot of time outside in the sun, she may also be able to take less for the summer. You can let me know!

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