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Has anyone ever had their Vitamin D levels checked through bloodwork? Since Fall hit and we are spending less time outside, I have been supplementing with Vitamin D3 (500IU for my 2.5ds and 1,000IU daily for my dh & I.) We finally got our bloodwork back and none of us are deficient, but we are all under the therapeutic range of 55-60ng/ml - ds is 42ng/ml, dh is 32ng/ml and I am at 36ng/ml.<br><br>
So, the question is how much more do we take in order to bring the levels up to a therapeutic range? I have gotten different answers everywhere. My certified nurse midwife thinks I should increase my supplementation to 2,000IU for 3 months and then scale back to 1,000IU. My family doctor recommends 4,000IU for all adults not in the therapeutic range and my pediatrician just thinks I'm a nut for ordering the test in the first place.<br><br>
Has anyone else been through this or been able to find this information somewhere on the web? Your help is greatly appreciated!
 

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I read somewhere (cannot locate source now, though, of course) that 4,000 IU for adults was good for raising vitamin D3 levels into the therapeutic range and specifically for building immune systems. I never found a recommendation for children.<br><br>
I started each of us on 1,000IU since that is the strength the naturopath suggested for DH and we already owned. (DH doesn't get nearly as much sun exposure as DD & I do.) I increased DH first from 1 capsule each evening to 2 each evening and then 1 in the AM and 2 in the PM and right before we ran out, he was up to 2 AM and 2 PM. I had gotten to 1 AM and 2 PM. DD was at 1 PM and 1 every other AM.<br><br>
Then, I read that vitamin D needs magnesium in order to be accessible to the body. We just ran out of the D3 on Saturday and I have not gotten back to researching this further before purchasing more and possibly adding magnesium to the regimen. The lady at the hfs this weekend didn't sound confident in her information and had never heard of magnesium helping vitamin D3 absorption. (I wasn't at the hfs I usually go to and didn't buy anything this time.)
 

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My levels were unmeasurable last year (below 1). I was given prescription D3 at the rate of 50,000 IU, once a week for a month.<br><br>
Unfortunately, the rest of the doctor's orders were not relayed to me. So, a few months later, when I went back for a recheck, my lab results came back showing 15 (normal range with this lab was 40 - 150) - better, but not good. So, now, I'm starting again with the prescription D3.<br><br>
Now, I know the rest of what the doctor wanted me to do in the first instance - follow the prescription by taking taking 2000 IU ever day therafter.<br><br>
My husband was getting the same aches and pains I was. Figuring we eat the same foods (not saying that food is a good source of Vitamin D, because its not), get around the same amount of sun and have similar ethnicity, I wondered if he too had a Vitamin D deficiency. He brought-up the possibility with his doctor (we don't use the same physician) and - yep, he's deficient too! His doctor had similar recommendations - prescription strength to start and 2000 IU per day afterwards, forever.
 

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I did 9,000 IU per day to get my levels up and then dropped to a maintenance level when I was normal. Maintenance is 1000 IU per 25 pounds.<br><br>
Kids from 1 to 10 can take 2000 IU per day safely. Adults can take up to 9,000 IU per day safely. And beyond that the general rule of thumb is the 1000 per 25 pounds. You need more than that to raise levels and that to maintain. My kids were in the mid-40's in December and they take 2000 IU per day now. I take the maintenance because I know my levels are good. My husband takes 9,000 IU per day because we don't know his levels and he wasn't supplementing regularly before. After a couple of months I'll drop to his maintenance level and we'll test as soon as the flu season lets up.
 

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Mine was 27 when I first got it checked. The naturopath told me to take 2000iu/day. After a year of being on that and tons of sunshine during the summer, I got it checked and it was about 45, so my osteo told me that I probably needed 5000iu/day, which I've now been on for about 6 months. DS was just tested. His was low 30s as well. Osteo said to put him on 3000iu for 3 months, then 1000iu after that. i haven't had anybody else in the family tested, but I'm giving DH, DD1 and DD2 1000iu/day anyway. And when anyone is sick, everyone takes 5000iu till it's over (DD1 just had a virus: fever/coughing/sore throat, and she's the only one who got sick).
 

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I am planning to have our family's Vitamin D levels tested soon. Right now I take about 10,000/day (both kids had the flu recently) and I give the kids (age 3 and 6) 2,000/day, most days.<br><br>
In reference to the Vitamin D council's website, the page I like the most is new: <a href="http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/research.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/research.shtml</a>. It lists literally hundreds and hundreds of peer-reviewed medical articles on the relationship between Vitamin D and various (many!) diseases/health problems.<br><br>
I am in the process of helping to perform research on the relationship of Vitamin D levels on cognition and on risk of falling in the elderly. And there's a strong association between low D levels and obesity.. Maybe that's why they dose per lbs.
 

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DH & I are taking 2,000/day... DD7 & DS4 are both taking 1,000/day... and DD13wks is taking the Tri-Vi-Sol Vitamin A & D Supplement.<br><br>
I hadn't thought about having our levels tested... Do I just ask the Dr. to do it? Does it cost a lot? Does insurance cover it???
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DH & I are taking 2,000/day... DD7 & DS4 are both taking 1,000/day... and DD13wks is taking the Tri-Vi-Sol Vitamin A & D Supplement.<br><br>
I hadn't thought about having our levels tested... Do I just ask the Dr. to do it? Does it cost a lot? Does insurance cover it???</div>
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You ask the doctor to do a 25 (OH) D test. Some doctors order the wrong one. The vitamin D council website has information about which test and why. Insurance does cover it/assuming insurance covers standard labs anyway. I don't know what ours cost because we had met our copays and deductibles.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You ask the doctor to do a 25 (OH) D test. Some doctors order the wrong one. The vitamin D council website has information about which test and why. Insurance does cover it/assuming insurance covers standard labs anyway. I don't know what ours cost because we had met our copays and deductibles.</div>
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Cool! Thanks for the info & link... I'll def. check it out!
 

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Dr. Mercola has lots of information on Vitamin D on his web-site, that is really easy to understand. He says you need to makes sure and get the 25-hydroxy-D test through Labcorp and not Quest.
 
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