Back story, I'd been researching vitamin D deficiency for a while now because I have Fibroids. Not only vitamin D, but allot of other vitamins/supplements. Most of the supplements I take are for anti-aging, and congitive purposes. I wanted to get a regimen going to target my fibroids, so I asked my doctor for the test.
I just received my results and I am also deficient. What really irks me is that I had to ask for the test and the doctor didn't want to write the order initially. Also, when the results came back, no one called me to tell me anything. I had to be the one calling and asking for a prescription. It came back below 13. Since the doctor was busy, I asked to speak to a nurse about it, I'm talking to her, asking her questions. I tell her, well black people in general are deficient because the melanin of our skin prevents vitamin d from the sun from getting into our body. This woman tells me that its not true and don't believe everything you hear. Mind you, this is a BLACK nurse. After she said that, I was ready to be out of her office, everything else that came out of her mouth as BS. What I don't understand is if a health care professional dont know about a certian topic, why dont they jsut say, I dont know much about vitamin D deficiency, so I can't help you? I left her office still with questions I'm trying to get answers to.
Anyway, I got the prescription yesterday (that's another story for another day), and she puts me on 5000 units a week for twelve weeks. I haven't started taking it yet. I think I'll take the first dose sunday. But ladies, be careful with vitamind D deficiency. There is a correlation between being deficient and Fibroids, Alzheimer, Parkinsons, cognitive issues, hair loss, Flu, etc.
Also, when you buy your vitamin d, make sure it is D3, or a combination of d2/d3. When I got my prescription, I asked the pharmacist what type of d vitamin it was, and when is the best time to take the supplement. She told me any time is fine. Well okay... Vitamin d is a fat soluble vitamin, so its best to take it with your largest meal that contains the most fat. For me, that would be dinner.
Here is a link to a very good article on Vitamin D, and an excerpt
Vitamin D: The Vitamin You Shouldn't Live Without
- Insufficient vitamin D is linked to virtually every age-related disorder including cancer, vascular disease, and chronic inflammation.
- Human studies show that higher levels of vitamin D protect against cancer and other age-related ailments.
- As humans age, they lose the ability to convert sunlight to vitamin D in their bodies.
- Scientists have identified reduced vitamin D levels in winter months as a prime suspect for the seasonal increase in infectious disease cases.
- Aging persons need to supplement with about 5,000 IU of vitamin D each day and have regular blood tests to achieve optimal blood levels.
- Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, so it's important to take it with the largest meal of the day.
- Individuals with certain chronic health conditions may not be able to take higher doses of vitamin D.