Vitamin D Level Test Results

I got my wife's vitamin D results back, she's been taking 5000 UI for months now, 5 to 6 days a week. Results were 47


 


How do I calculate how much more she needs? We never had it tested pre D supplementation.


Comments

  • Kind of hard to know her absorption levels without a pre supplement measurement. At least she's below the targeted 60 to 80 range. Up it by 2000IU and see where she is in a month.
  • I'm guessing she's not absorbing well, since she was taking 5K and it's this low. Wonder how low it was before the test... geez. I'll have her take 10K for a month, I'm guessing you read the number wrong, or did you mean 20K?


  • It my understanding, for best absorption of vitamin D, take it with the heaviest meal of the day.
  • Good idea, I'll have her start taking 10K at dinner and retest in a month.


  • RodRod The Rodfather

    Good idea, I'll have her start taking 10K at dinner and retest in a month.


     


    Vitamin D3 should be taking in the morning with a little fat. Taking D3 at night will mess with your sleep cycle. When increasing D3, check calcium levels as absorption increases serum levels. Make sure to take K2 with D3 to keep calcium levels in check. 

  • Grassrootshealth have a series of charts that enables you to see how much extra Vitamin D3 daily is typically required to move from one level to the next. 


     


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    However weight, health, latitude, diet, medications,  climate, atmospheric pollution, outdoor exposure are just a few of the many factors that will influence 25(OH)D response. Whatever changes you make check again with a postal 25(OH)D finger prick blood spot test in 3~6 months to see how it's worked out in practice. 


  • Vitamin D3 should be taking in the morning with a little fat. Taking D3 at night will mess with your sleep cycle. When increasing D3, check calcium levels as absorption increases serum levels. Make sure to take K2 with D3 to keep calcium levels in check. 


     


    I know D3 can make you alert, that's why we've always taken it in the morning, but do you think even if it's 4 or 5 hours before bed it'll mess with the sleep cycle?


     


    She takes K2 as well, so we're covered there.

  • RodRod The Rodfather

    I know D3 can make you alert, that's why we've always taken it in the morning, but do you think even if it's 4 or 5 hours before bed it'll mess with the sleep cycle?


     


    She takes K2 as well, so we're covered there.


     


    You can test it out, do you have a zeo? I would take it earlier to be on the safe side but again, if your sure it's not harming sleep, go for it! 

  • You can test it out, do you have a zeo? I would take it earlier to be on the safe side but again, if your sure it's not harming sleep, go for it! 


     


    No, unfortunately not. We'll probably keep it in the morning and double the dose, I have a good baseline of always taking it in the morning.


     


    Whats the consensus on how long to wait until being tested again, and what is considered "too high" where it could actually be a problem?

  • Pierre EklundPierre Eklund pierre.eklund@gmail.com
    Isn't there a difference in uptake with liquid D3 and powder in capsules? Think I read somewhere that the liquid is better for uptake.
  • RodRod The Rodfather

    No, unfortunately not. We'll probably keep it in the morning and double the dose, I have a good baseline of always taking it in the morning.


     


    Whats the consensus on how long to wait until being tested again, and what is considered "too high" where it could actually be a problem?


     


    It depends, if your taking a high dose to move it up, 2-3 months. You don't want to go over 100 ng/dl  


     


    http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/may2012_New-Study-Warns-Against-Excessive-Vitamin-D-Intake_01.htm


     


     


     


    Isn't there a difference in uptake with liquid D3 and powder in capsules? Think I read somewhere that the liquid is better for uptake.


     


    I think it depends on the person but I don't think it would be a big deal. You could put it on your skin and it might be absorbed better! 

  • Jason MillerJason Miller Mother nature isn't stupid mod
    The gel pills have fat for better uptake than powder alone, but if you are taking it with the fat in your coffee it probably doesn't matter in my mind.
  • We take the NOW brand 5000IU ones which are liquid gels, with BP coffee in the morning so there should be plenty of fats.

  • It depends, if your taking a high dose to move it up, 2-3 months. You don't want to go over 100 ng/dl  


     


    http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/may2012_New-Study-Warns-Against-Excessive-Vitamin-D-Intake_01.htm


     


     


    That's pretty interesting, I really want to know why these people were over 100 ng/dl and their other stats. I guess I'd have to read the study, but if you take a healthy individual and get their levels over 100, will they exhibit these same signs, or were these people's levels over 100 because of some other medical condition?

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