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I just got my vitamin D checked. It was a level of 37. I weight 190 something pounds. Should I try to bring my level up? If so, how much should I take daily?

Asked by  stephieberrysweet on September 12, 2017

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  •  stephieberrysweet on

    See title

    Answered by  stephieberrysweet on
  •  IAW on

    Sorry I need more information.
    Was the 37 measured as ng/ml or nmol/l? If you are unsure then tell me what country you live in. Does this measurement contain any “sunshine” and/or any amount of supplemental Vitamin D?
    If the level contains “sunshine” and we are now going into fall/winter, it changes the answer. Thanks for the weight too because that can also make a difference.

    Answered by  IAW on
    •  stephieberrysweet on

      Hi, thanks for responding. It was measured in ng/ml. I would say the measurement contains mostly sunshine since I live in Florida, and we see the sun a lot, even though sometimes I don’t go outside enough :/. I do however take 2000 mg D3 every now and then, not daily. I’m pretty lazy about taking it.

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  •  IAW on

    I am going to “assume” some things just so I can make some statements. I also assume at this point you do not have ANY health issues because my answers would be different.
    I think you are female and I assume overweight as opposed to really, really tall or really muscular. So the first thing I wonder is if you got your levels “higher”, would you lose weight without trying? (I honestly don’t know but some people have reported weight loss.) This could be an experiment. Take 5000iu plus get the same amount of sunshine and see what happens. If nothing changes for you after let’s say 8 weeks, then go to the suggestion below.
    We recommend a minimum “healthy” level of 50ng/ml. This is because at levels below 40ng/ml and your risk for cancer and autoimmune disease rises “dramatically”. (For some cancers 60%.) If that does not scare you into taking Vitamin D, then I do not know what will.
    So if you could continue with the amount of sunshine you get, you are pretty close to 40ng/ml but knowing the above, then maybe you want to be serious and take your 2000iu minimum each day. If you got NO sunshine, then you should probably take 6-7000iu a day for your present weight. (This is where testing is helpful to really know.)
    My compliments to you for testing your levels. Just because someone lives in Florida does not mean they have healthy levels!

    Answered by  IAW on

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