A recent blood test has shown my vitamin d level to be 40nmol. I have been advised by my doctor to obtain some D3 and take 1000iu a day. Is this suffient? I am hypothyroid and also take omeprazole for digestive problems.
Here at the Vitamin D Council we believe in maintaining a “healthy” level of 50ng/ml which equals 125nmol/l. At levels below 40ng/ml (100nmol/l) your chances for cancer and autoimmune diseases rises “dramatically”. It usually takes the average adult weighing 150lbs, 5000iu a day to reach this level. So I recommend the 5000iu a day. Please read http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. It is very important. Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. It can cause magnesium deficiencies. If you take the Vitamin D and get any symptoms, they are usually caused by not enough magnesium in the diet but in your case may be caused by the medicine. So come back and tell me if you do get any symptoms.
Taking the 5000iu a day for 8 weeks should get you to the 125nmol/l and use the same amount for the maintenance dosage. It is a “cumulative affect” over 8 weeks. I also should have said that you should get tested at the end of the 8 weeks to make sure you have reached the 125nmol/l. If you do not, then depending on that level is how much to recommend after that. Since you were not listing a lot of symptoms, for example joints hurting, extreme fatigue etc., I figured the 5000iu will work for you. If someone has an even lower level or many symptoms or the doctor is treating with the standard higher amount of 50,000iu ONCE a week, then I would recommend 8000iu or more a day for eight weeks. Then if your levels go up and you feel better, then take the 5000iu as maintenance. If your hypothyroidism was caused by Hashimoto’s (antibodies), then that might also change my answer. So you can do either one. Just make sure you retest. If you have more questions, just ask!
Thank you again..sorry I didnt mention I have joint paint and tiredness was one of the reasons I had the test. I do have osteo arthritis in some fingers. Probably shoulder amd lower back. I’m on omeprazole for a large hiatus hernia and oesophagits . I’m not overweight and have the choice of an operation. I’m in a catch 22 between omeprazole and its side effects and an operation that may fail.
Answered by marie60 on September 27, 2017 at 9:49 am
Having clarified your symptoms, I would then try this. Take 8-10,000iu for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks get retested. More importantly determine “how you feel” at that point and let me know. The tiredness is due to the deficiency and most likely the joint pain. The number one reason for lower back pain is low Vitamin D levels. I would definitely try and correct the deficiency before attempting any surgery should you chose. IF you do have any operations I would take “extra” Vitamin D during that time frame. As for the “oesophagits” was there a determining factor as to why you have this? If not it may also be Vitamin D related.