Vitamin D Deficiency

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Vitamin D Deficiency
Tue, 12-31-2013 - 10:27am

I am posting an exerpt on symptoms and diseases of D deficiency, along with the link for the full article, as my doctor just diagnosed me with a D deficiency.  Although controversial, my doc agrees with the author of this article that D levels should be around 60-80, and not what the medical community is advocating for.  Since I have many of the symptoms/disease risk factors, I am giving D supplementation a try, along with bio-identical hormones.  Good wishes for relief!!!  Please note that you should be under the care of a doc if you go for higher levels of Vitamin D (e.g., I will be getting a follow-up blood screening to see how my D levels react, along with making sure I am not experiencing D toxicity.)

What are the symptoms of vit D deficiency?

There is no clear pattern of symptoms. In fact many people remain asymptomatic despite low levels. But here are the more common symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • General muscle pain and weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Restless sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Headaches
  • Bladder problems
  • Constipation or diarrhea

What diseases are associated with Vit D deficiency?

Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to play a role in almost every major disease. This includes:

  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
  • 17 varieties of Cancer (including breast, prostate and colon)
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Infertility and PMS
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Periodontal disease
  • Psoriasis
Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 01-02-2014 - 11:40am

I have read so many things about Vitamin D defiencies over the years that I think it is very interesting that you are going to take it to see if it helps your symptoms. I definitely want to know what results (if any) you get. 

Do you have any idea of how long it could take before you start seeing anything change? 

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 01-02-2014 - 8:07pm

The doctor wants me to take 5,000 IU twice a day, and then, be retested in 3 months.  Because of possible toxicity, I am thinking of taking 5,000 once a day.  I am fairly drug averse, and I really should read more studies.  One article stated that you should take D with the fattiest meal of the day since fat helps with absorption.  I will let you know what the restest shows, but I already missed two days in a row...I am not the most compliant.  :P

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 01-03-2014 - 12:10pm

I hadn't thought about toxicity with vitamin D. I didn't even know that was a concern. What would the symptoms of that be? 

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Sat, 01-04-2014 - 8:05pm

(Calcium deposits are bad for heart disease)

The Truth About Vitamin D: Can You Get Too Much Vitamin D?

WebMD feature series on vitamin D.
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By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Can I get too much vitamin D?

Too much of any good thing is a bad thing. Too much vitamin D can cause an abnormally high blood calcium level, which could result in nausea, constipation, confusion, abnormal heart rhythm, and even kidney stones.

It's nearly impossible to get too much vitamin D from sunlight or from foods (unless you take way too much cod liver oil). Nearly all vitamin D overdoses come from supplements.

The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board's old 1997 recommendations suggested that 2,000 IU per day of vitamin D is safe for adults and that 1,000 IU per day is safe for infants up to 12 months of age. Many observers expected a drastic increase in the IOM's 2010 update.

That didn't exactly happen. The IOM committee did increase its "upper level intake" -- that is, the boundary at which it feared vitamin D would become unsafe.  That dose is 4,000 IU/day for adults, 3,000 IU/day for kids ages 4-8, 2,500 IU/day for kids ages 1-3, 1,500 IU/day for infants ages 6-12 months, and 1,000 IU/day for infants ages 0-6 months.

But some recent studies suggest that healthy adults can tolerate more than 10,000 IU of vitamin D per day. John Jacob Cannell, MD, executive director of The Vitamin D Council, notes that the skin makes 10,000 IU of vitamin D after 30 minutes of full-body sun exposure. He suggests that 10,000 IU of vitamin D is not toxic.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 25-OHD levels that are consistently over 200 ng/mL are "potentially toxic."

The IOM committee found no conclusive evidence that increased vitamin D levels confer increased health benefits, "challenging the concept that '

more is better.'"

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 01-31-2014 - 3:39pm
I was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency about 18 months ago. My doctor told me to take the 5,000 IU per day. I started taking one that also had a probiotic in it. I also made sure to make a concerted effort to get a good dose of sunlight every day and I was amazed at how much better I felt!!!
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2014
Sun, 02-09-2014 - 11:11am

Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin, because your skin makes vitamin D when strong sunlight shines directly on it. The sunlight causes a gradual build-up of vitamin D reserves in your body. The very best way to find out your vitamin D status is to take a vitamin D test, specifically a 25 hydroxy-vitamin D blood test. The only way is to supplement with an effective dose of vitamin D during those months when we can't get enough sunshine.