(Closed) low vitamin D?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
741 posts
Busy bee

I have been but never followed through with treatment and probably should. Subscribing to the topic! I also had an iron deficiency though.

Post # 4
1466 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center

I was just diagnosed with this about a month ago. My doc said the normal level was between 30 and 45 and mine was 12. She had me buy 1000u Vitamin D pills and take one in the morning and one at night. I noticed that I stopped feeling so tired all the time after about 2 weeks. Now I sleep better and my immune systems seems to be working a lot better. I was starting to get achy joints as well and those have started to subside as well. 

Since your vitamin D levels deplete a lot more quickly in the winter due to lack of sun, so I will be going in for another blood test next month to test my levels and will most likely be brought back down to 1000u once a day through the spring and summer when I am outside more.

I hope you feel better soon!

Post # 5
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have this, and take quite a bit every day.  Well, most every day, I’m forgetful.  Vitamine D is actaully very important, helps you stay healthy.  Helps keep your immune system happy.  Its just a supplement everyday, so easy to follow through with.

Post # 6
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have!  I’ve been taking 2 of these:


every day for the past month or so and I feel a lot better.  I live in Seattle and work FT indoors so I have like corpse-level Vitamin D levels. The naturopath also suggested that I get a HappyLite, so I’m going to look into one of those too.  He’s going to take my blood again in June to see how I’m doing.

When I was pregnant, I took 10,000 IUs of vit D that my midwives suggested, but I like the vit d/k capsules that the natural path gave to me.  I think the K with the D makes a difference. I have more energy and can focus better, although it’s not a miraculous amount of improvement…just enough to say that I feel good as opposed to “omg what is wrong with me, I feel like death”.

I hope you feel better!!

Post # 7
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@wrkbrk:  I have had this SEVERAL times…  my lowest ever was 8.  Usually they prescribe a “boost” dosage for a few days to a week to get you a jump on getting to a normal level then leave you on a low dosage until normal.  Living in New England I get this almost every year.  It’s the lack of sunlight in wintertime that causes it.

I meant to add that usually I feel better in about 2-3 weeks.

Post # 8
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I live in tasmania au where pretty much everyone is chronically deficient. I personally had to take 2 tablets for 3 months and will have to take 1 tablet for the rest of my life or at least until I move to a sunnier climate. I noticed such an improvement in my mood and energy. It really is no inconvenience at all. 


Also as a nurse, all my patients take vit d. It’s a fairly inconsequential thing if you have the supplements. 

Post # 9
1405 posts
Bumble bee

I take 2,000 I/U in the winter months.  It gives me more energy and I don’t look dead.

Post # 10
1069 posts
Bumble bee

I also take 2,000 IU’s per day of Vitamin D in the winter months. Also, if I’m feeling extra down (SAD) I tan and I usually feel so much better.

Post # 11
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@wrkbrk:  I Worked with doctors for quite a while and learned that vitamin d deficiency is very common with women. I have it too. It’s not all that serious (life or death). I bilieve it’s 50000 milligrams a week? I might be wrong. If you take it like you should you should be fine. And after you levels are back to normal the doctor usually recommends just taking a daily vitamin so it does not reoccur.

Post # 12
10588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Yep, most Canadians are if they aren’t supplementing.

I’ve also been deficient even with supplementing at times, but didn’t really know why.  I got it retested a while later and it was fine.

I take 1000 IU of D3/day.  I haven’t noticed a difference since I started taking it.


Post # 13
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@wrkbrk:  Well I live in AB, Canada where it’s too cold to go outside for half the year, so I take supplements. I wear sunscreen in the summer (and it’s in in my face moisturizer so on my face all winter as well) so it’s an easy guess that I’d be deficient in vitamin D. I don’t drink milk so I take supplements. I don’t ever feel magically better.. but I’ve been taking one a day for years now during the winter months so I am not really sure what I’m like without it.

Post # 14
1357 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I just read an article about vitamin B deficiency in Real Simple and how prevalent it has become since the importance of sun protection has become known. The author’s advice was to just assume you’re deficient since most people are and take a supplement.

I take a daily multivitamin, so I’m hoping that’s enough. Melanoma runs in my family, so I don’t want to lay off the sunscreen!

Post # 16
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I take 2000 IU’s year round on a daily basis.

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