Asked by G on October 14, 2016
IAW on October 14, 2016 at 10:38 am
Gemma can you be a little more specific. Was your level measured as ng/ml or nmol/l? (If you are not sure tell me what country you live in.)
Is the Vitamin D, D3 or D2 and do you know how much is in each pill?
Also please let me know if you weigh a lot more than 150lbs.
Is the doctor treating your B12 deficiency and if so how?
What caused the Vitamin D deficiency is lack of sunshine. Unfortunately this gets complicated because if you live at certain latitudes during the winter, the sun is not at the correct angle to make any (very little) Vitamin D. In the summer you need to go outside between 10-2pm and have large amounts of skin exposed to make enough. In this day and age, everyone works inside and can become deficient very easily. Most of India’s population is deficient and they live close to the equator.Answered by IAW on October 14, 2016 at 10:38 am
G on October 14, 2016 at 11:13 am
Thank you for your reply.
I don’t know what it was measured in, but I’m in the UK. I was told 30-50 is the normal level.
Don’t know my exact weight but I am overweight. Finding it difficult to lose weight, when in the past I’ve done well.
I now have the tablets. It’s vitamin d3, each tablet is 800 IU. I’ve been told to take 2 a day for 3 months, then they will check my levels again.
I’ve had B12 injections and will have these every 3 months. I’ve not noticed a huge benefit but wondering if this is because of the vitamin D deficiency.Answered by G on October 14, 2016 at 11:13 am
IAW on October 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm
The UK usually measures as nmol/l/. If this is true then you are equivalent to our 8ng/ml. Anything around10ng/ml and under (25nmol/l) and you are in the osteomalacia range.
Now just so you understand we here at the Vitamin D Council believe that a Vitamin D level of 50ng/ml (125nmol/l) is a “healthy level”. At levels below 40ng/ml (100 nmol/l) and your chances of cancer and autoimmune disease increases “dramatically”. Many scientific studies show this.(So we are “fighting to change” government standards but we all know how slow the government can be.)
So taking the 1600iu a day will never give you a “healthy level” and most likely keep you sick. We promote taking 5000iu a day. Now since your levels are so low, you really need to take a lot more for 8 weeks, then reduce to the maintenance dosage of 5000iu a day. Now that 5000iu is based on 150lbs. If you weigh more, than you have to take more.
When you are this low, most doctors (not yours as we can see) prescribe 50,000iu once a week for 8 weeks. It is far better to take Vitamin D on a daily basis. This would equal about 7000-8000iu a day. If you do weigh a lot more than you can go up to 10,000iu a day.
Until government regulations and what doctors were taught catches up to the studies, you will have to decide if you want to be sick or take enough Vitamin D to be well.
You are very smart! I am positive that the B12 deficiency is caused by the Vitamin D deficiency because I am seeing it time after time here at the Q and A.
I highly suggest you read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is important. If your diet does not have enough magnesium in it, then the Vitamin D may cause symptoms (headaches being one of them) and then you will need to supplement.
If you add any new symptoms come back and tell me. Vitamin D should only make you feel better not worse. As long as you take enough Vitamin D, your symptoms should start to decrease over the next 8 weeks and get gradually better!Answered by IAW on October 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm
G on October 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm
Thank you for your detailed reply, it’s really helpful. From what you say, it sounds like I need to question my dosage with my doctor, so I can get a higher dosage prescribed.
Thank you too for the link. I asked the dr if I needed to keep an eye on other vitamin levels once I was on vitamin d supplements (I know from looking at b12 deficiency that it’s important) but she didn’t seem concerned. I’m very glad for your advice and I will have a read of the link so I can learn more.Answered by G on October 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm
IAW on October 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm
Gemma the doctor will probably not listen to you but stranger things have happened. You could copy off the following and take it to them
You should be able to get Vitamin D3 over the counter or online for higher amounts. This may help http://www.greenvits.eu/ if you need it.Answered by IAW on October 14, 2016 at 12:41 pm
G on October 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm
Thank you. I’ll check out the links.
I’ve had a look at the NHS advice for vitamin d deficiency and it suggests I should be on 4 x 800IU daily so my dr hasn’t even followed that for a start. Hopefully that will help my case for a higher dose than I’m on, but sounds like I’ll need more to feel well.Answered by G on October 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm