Hello, My husband normally has optimal Vit. D levels, as compared to me. He's been supplementing with at least 6,000 of D3 this past winter & his 25(OH)D results were 19..1 ng/ml. Our beloved dog almost contracted RMSF last summer & almost lost him (the RMSF is now resolved as of last week's test results); but the past several mos. was stress thru the roof. I know he should probably double the daily dose of D3 & get re-tested in a couple of months. What do you think? Thanks for your attention to my question. PS: the Test Kit results are hard to print "clean." Cathi

Asked by  cdubis@leffcohen.com on April 14, 2015

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    Are you trying to say that when he normally takes 6000iu that he has a level of 50ng/ml or better and now it is 19ng/ml? Also do these results come from the test kit?

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      Yes, the 19.1 ng is the Vit. D Council’s test kit result collected March 28th. This is the first time he’s had such a low #, since he’s had his Vit. D levels tested twice a year for the past couple years. All others were in the 50 to 80 ng. ranges. He’s had his gall bladder out for the past 20+ years & this maybe the culprit, even tho he supplements with ox bile tablets with a meal. It’s worrisome, since now I also wonder if he’s not adequately absorbing Omega 3 supplementation. Today, the M.D. we consult thinks stress and/or sleep deprivation caring for our recovering beloved dog would not affect his D levels; rather, it’s his lack of a gall bladder all these years that seems to have caught up with him, even with supplementing his fat-containing meals with a supplement containing ox bile for fat absorption. The M.D. recommended him either chewing his D gel capsule or using a liquid form of Vit. D – I assume both enter the blood stream, bypassing the stomach. He’s had some mild acid reflux over the years, but has not had to resort to the use of a prescription drug & he won’t anyway. I’m interested in turning this low D # around quickly before any health issues from having such a low D level arise for him. He’s since upped his Vit D3 supplementation from daily 7,000 iu to 12,000 iu & get re-tested in a couple months.

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    I think he did the right thing by increasing the dosage to 12000 iu and then retest. If the level increases (and there is no stress or problems between now and then) it was do to the stress. If it does not then maybe something else is going on. I put my money on the stress causing the decrease. There are “sprays that you can get that absorbs the “D” through the cheek area of the mouth.)
    Please let us know what happens in a couple of months!
    I also asked Amber to look at your question and the part on the test kit “printing clean”. She may add something to this post eventually about it if you want to check back.
    I would also hope that this did not influence his results and that it gave you a false reading. (Even if it did he will still be OK on the 12,000 iu.)

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