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Wrong Vitamin D test missed deficiency

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  • Posted By: halal37
  • July 14, 2009
  • 10:25 PM

I live in South Texas, am out in the sun on a regular basis and am fair skinned. So I assumed I did not have to worry about a Vitamin D deficiency. Besides, my multiple contains Vitamin D. So I have no obvious risk factors for a deficiency. Last December I saw a GI doctor who tested me for a lot of stuff, including Vitamin D, which revealed I had plenty. Well, I recently learned from another doctor that the GI doctor measured the wrong form of Vitamin D. Apparently (if I understood my doctor), we get Vitamin D2 from our food. With the sun’s help our bodies convert Vitamin D2 (which our bodies cannot use) into Vitamin D3 (which is what our bodies do use). When my Vitamin D3 levels were tested a severe deficiency was revealed. My doctor said new research suggests we may actually need 5000 IU per day. So I am currently taking 5000 IU twice a day and will be tested in 3 months. My point, if you get your Vitamin D levels tested, make sure your doctor tests D3 and not D2. Also, make sure the Vitamin D you are taking is D3 (Cholecalciferol) and not D2. It won’t do you any good if your body is unable to convert the D2 into D3.

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  • Hey I noticed the Vitamin D deficiency. I am well aware of it although do not have it. However, have had issues with antacids that are usually a root of cause for the lack of vitamin.Prilosec, Prevacid, and Nexium are just some medications that can do this to you. I was taken off antacids 9 months ago, having a hard time with it as not many people actually can stay off of them.. but should be fully recovered very soon.It is great you got diagnosed and can now move on with your life! You are so lucky to have found a doctor to notice that.
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  • I am fortunate to have found a doctor who actually listened to me. It is hard to find doctors these days who have the time to listen to their patients and to continually educate themselves. I do not take antacids so that is not the cause of my problem, but someone else reading this post may be helped by that info. No matter what, everyone should have their Vitamin D3 levels tested, no matter where you live or how you feel. Getting tested could discover a problem before it develops into other problems like osteoporosis or heart issue or ????
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