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Had breast cancer 3 1/2 years ago. My vitamin D test showed 29 at that time. Since I have been taking vitamin D and 6 months ago my level had gone up to 40. Just had a test and it is back down to 27. I just upped my vitamin D 3 months ago to 4,000 a day. I was at 2,000. Could this mean my cancer is back or do I need to up my intake to 6,000? What can cause it to drop?

Asked by  Bsmith6434 on October 19, 2017

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  •  Bsmith6434 on

    See title

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  •  IAW on

    I am not a doctor or scientist. Besides cancer re-occurrence, I am sure other things can cause Vitamin D levels to vary. It is my personal opinion that “stress” either physical or mental might use up Vitamin D. If it is very short lived stress then your levels probably bounce back fast. If it is very lengthy stress it might cause your levels to go lower and stay that way unless the “stress” goes away or you take more Vitamin D to compensate for it. So have you experienced anything like this in the last 6 months or so? Another thing is weight. The more you weigh the more you have to take, so if you gained a significant amount of weight that would also decrease levels. (If you weigh more than 150lbs we have to rethink how much you should take to begin with.) Some people have gastro issues and it is hard to absorb Vitamin D. Any changes there in your health? Have you started any new medications? Sometimes there are interactions.
    I would like to make sure that your levels are measured as ng/ml and not nmol/l? Can you confirm this? It is very important!!
    With a previous bout of cancer, it is my suggestion that you keep your levels higher than the 50ng/ml (125nmol/l) that we usually recommend to keep a person healthy. For those with Autism or cancer or autoimmune disease we usually say to keep levels at 80ng/ml(200nmol/l). (If you actually were battling cancer at this moment, I might suggest taking even more.)
    So I don’t think 6000iu is going to be enough I would take at least 8000iu. If you can retest your levels in 8 weeks, that would be great and recommended.
    Now if none of the things I said above “fit” then I do not know if you want to wait 8 weeks and see what your levels are then or ask your doctor now for a follow-up on the cancer. If there are blood markers they can look for, maybe it would ease your mind!

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  •  Bsmith6434 on

    Thank you. I will up my intake to 8000 iu and I go see my doctor this month. I did start the Keto diet and I am wondering if that has anything to do with it. I have been baking with Swerve and I have never used it before. I wonder if that could have something to do with it also. My test was in ng/ml so that is good. Thanks again for your help.

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  •  IAW on

    I don’t think the Keto or Swerve have anything to do with it but that is just a guess.
    Forgot to say make sure you read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important.
    Also if you get any symptoms from taking the higher amounts of Vitamin D, come back and tell me!

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