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Hi all! I started to feel some pan in several areas and they detected I had low level of Vitamin D, I started taking a suplement to rise that and taking more sun rays following your wise advise, however after a year I still have slightly low levels and pain remains, more after making any effort even small ones, is there any known reason for the vitamin D to not be absorbed correctly? I hope you can advice me regarding this, even if its not medical advice, you know anything helps a lot, thank you so much beforehand =).

Asked by  mariodxt on September 9, 2017

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  •  mariodxt on

    See title

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  •  IAW on

    I need more information. What was your starting Vitamin D level a year ago and how much Vitamin D did you take in supplement form?
    Most people just do not take enough Vitamin D or doctor’s do not recommend enough. So you probably did not take enough. The minimum would be 5000iu a day but higher amounts are needed if your level is very low.
    Certain drugs can interact with Vitamin D. If you have any type of “gut” issues then sometimes those people cannot absorb Vitamin D. As for the sunshine, few people understand that it has to be between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm, with large amounts of skin exposed not just face and arms. If deficient to start, then you would have to spend longer amounts of time.
    All of this is why you should take any given amount of Vitamin D, for 8 weeks and then retest. Depending on what the new level is, you decide from there what you need to do next like take more or less Vitamin D.

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    •  mariodxt on

      Hi! thanks a lot for your reply and sorry I couldnt reply earlier, lastly it has been a little hectc here. I have been taking 720UI per day following doctor advice, my Vitamin D level started low and raised but just a little and then again went down but not too low, the values are like this with intervals of 3 months between them

      23,1 33,4 20,3 35,1 I was told the acceptable level is 30-80 ng/ml

      In relation to sun rays I think I understood it wrong then, I was taking sun rays after 4 pm, then its different in the morning? I Think I read somewhere that it was ok as long as the shadow is not bigger than height (except noon hours), additionally I tend to expose face and arms which seem to be wrong too, then longer exposure can fix that? Im spending there like an hour, of course I will change hour of the day exposure if you say morning sun rays are the ones to be taken. Again thanks a lot for the big help, and as soon as you clarify my doubts I will change my schedule or anything needed.

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  •  IAW on

    The 750iu is not enough at all! The minimum is 5000iu to reach a “healthy” level. Anything below 40ng/ml is NOT healthy.
    “The closer to midday you expose your skin, the better this angle and the more vitamin D is produced.” “A good rule of thumb is if your shadow is longer than you are tall, you’re NOT making much vitamin D.” If you have darker skin you also have to spend more time in the sun to get the same amount of Vitamin D that a light skinned person can make. Please see http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-do-i-get-the-vitamin-d-my-body-needs/. “The further away you are from the equator, the more of an angle the sun will hit the atmosphere at, and the less UVB there will be available for you to produce vitamin D, particularly during the winter time.” (I do not know where you live.)
    You may want to consider taking at least 3000iu a day, try and get sun at the correct time with more exposed but then retest in 8 weeks. If you have not made it to 50ng/ml then you will have to increase the supplement higher.
    Let me know if you have any more questions!

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    •  mariodxt on

      Hi! thank you very much for the explanation and document in relation to obtaining Vitamin D the right way, I think as said I was taking the sun rays in the wrong hour, I heard the rule you mentioned about the shadow not being longer than our height and here where I live (Spain) at 4pm shadow is shorter, but probably its better to stay safe and do it from 10 to 2pm anyway, right? I mean even if shadow fulfills that condition maybe its better to do it in the morning? I would like to know just in case some days I cant take the sun exposure in the morning just to know if I will be producing Vitamin D at 4pm too or just not really, addiitionally I will increase the supplement as advised and retest in 8 weeks.

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  •  IAW on

    My information says the “best time” for producing Vitamin D is 10am – 2 pm.
    Now most of Spain is above 35 degrees longitude. So that means that in November, December, January and February you will make little to no Vitamin D. In September, October, March, April and May it takes twice as long to make the same amount of Vitamin D then in June, July and August.
    So December thru February it is best to take the 5000iu.

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    •  mariodxt on

      Hi! Thanks a lot for the information, then I will follow your advice and hopefully in the estimated time the retest will give good levels, as said thanks a lot for all the information and help, I was so wrong in many thoughts I had but now I understood everything =).

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