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Hello, I have been diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency, my level is 8.0 ng/mL. I am 6 feet tall, around 140 lbs. I was prescribed 50 000 IU once a week for 8 weeks. I am afraid to take such a big one-time dose so I wanted to ask you if what I am planning to do would work. I purchased D3 and plan on taking 8000 IU daily/56 000 weekly for 2 months and get tested again. Thank you!

Asked by  Lara on January 12, 2018

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  •  Lara on

    See title

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  •  IAW on

    It is better to take smaller amounts of D3 each day rather than large amounts once a week. More importantly is to take D3 and NOT D2 and some times that is what prescriptions are. (If for example you only had 50,000iu of D3 once a week available to you, I would then say take it. Something is better than nothing!)
    So I would take the 8000iu of D3 a day OR since you are “very deficient” take 10,000iu a day. The important thing will be to decide on an amount and take it for 8 weeks. This is so you know what Vitamin D level any given amount will give you.
    So for example if you have read this website you will know we promote maintaining and “healthy” level of 50ng/ml. At levels below 40ng/ml your risk for cancer and autoimmune disease rises “dramatically”! So for example if you take the 8000iu for 8 weeks and you have a level of 30ng/ml you need to treat with a higher amount. If you have a level of 50ng/ml, then you need to keep taking the 8000iu as your maintenance dosage. If your level is 80ng/ml and you have NO other health issues, you can then lower to a maintenance dosage. That dosage is usually 5000iu. I would recommend that since you are tall but are not over 150lbs, that if you go to 5000iu at some point, I would recheck levels to make sure that is enough for “you”.
    Everyone should read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/.
    Beside the link above, make sure your diet has enough calcium in it because your level is so low.
    If you get ANY symptoms while taking the Vitamin D, come back and let me know it usually means a mineral or sometimes vitamin deficiency. (Magnesium is usually the #1 culprit.)
    If you have any health issues I might recommend even more Vitamin D then the above but please let me know if that is the case.
    Anymore questions just ask!

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  •  Lara on

    Thank you very much! My Calcium levels were tested twice and they were within range. My calcium level in December was 9.5 mg/dL. I also am supplementing with magnesium every day. I was a vegetarian for a few years so most likely my B12 is low, so I am supplementing with it as well. No health issues apart from the Vitamin D deficiency symptoms that have been plaguing me for months:-( chest pains,headaches,tiredness,dizziness,heart palpitations, shortness of breath, ringing in the ears,mood swings. I think I have always been deficient (I’ve had similar problems in the past, but they were not as extreme as they are now). So far I’ve taken two 8 000 IU daily doses, but I will increase to 10 000 per your recommendation.
    The 5000 IU maintenance dose, is this a daily dose or a weekly one?
    Thank you again!

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  •  Lara on

    Forgot to mention that my Hemoglobin level was 12.6, non-fasting Glucose 127 in November 2017. I had another test in December in a different laboratory and the Hemoglobin level was 11.6 g/dL, non-fasting Glucose 99.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Lara.
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  •  IAW on

    I am not a doctor but according to the internet your Hemoglobin level is a little low at the moment. This could be from lack of Vitamin D.
    The 5000iu maintenance is a “daily dose”.
    Here is another lesson for the day. I probably should have said this the first time. Your level is below 10ng/ml and that could mean “adult rickets” or osteomalacia. When they take a “calcium” level this measures the 1-2% that is in your blood stream and NOT total body stores like what is or is not in your bones. By the time blood levels go “low” you are in serious trouble. You can also have symptoms of low calcium (hypocalcemia) even before the actually levels go low.
    It is actually Vitamin D that helps calcium absorb from the intestines. So “no” Vitamin D and calcium is not getting thru to your bones. There was a time when Vitamin D deficiency was treated with Vitamin D AND people were told to take or given calcium supplements. (So many of your symptoms actually correspond to low calcium which makes sense.)
    So if any of this changes your mind, you may want to take some calcium supplements at least for a while. My guess would be no more than 500mg. If you are not taking a multi vitamin, you may also want to consider that at least for a while. Vitamin K directs calcium to bone and away from soft tissue. So make sure there is enough in your diet.

    Answered by  IAW on
  •  Lara on

    Thank you! I purchased multivitamin and Vitamin K2. What do you recommend for a daily K2 dose for 8 000-10 000 IU D3 daily? Thanks

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  •  IAW on

    Other people have asked this before. Right now the K2 (or K) dose does not increase as you take higher amounts of Vitamin D. The recommendation is 90-120 mcg a day. There are no studies, at least right now,that show you need more Vitamin K with higher amounts of Vitamin D. What science does show is it takes Vitamin K to move calcium away from soft tissues and to where it belongs, for example bones.

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