How long could I have been vitamin d deficient?

by Patty
(Lewiston, Idaho USE)

I am a 51 year old female and recently switched doctors to one that addresses women's health - menopause in particular. After a fasting blood test this week, I found out that I have a vitamin d deficiency with a level of seven. I am on 50,000 IU once a week for a month and go back in 3 months for another lab draw.

Several years ago I had complained to my former doctor that I was experiencing bone and joint pain. He tested me for Lupus which came back negative but now I am wondering if it was my vitamin d level all along and this has been ongoing for years. The bone and joint pain has persisted but I just basically got used to it which seems dumb now.

I was also diagnosed with high blood pressure a year ago but had always had low blood pressure before. Can a deficiency happen quickly or does it take a long time to become this deficient in vitamin d? Could my hyper tension be linked to the low level of vitamin d?

Thank you.

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Vitamin D Deficiency usually has been going on for years...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Patty,

Ugh. Yeah, that is so frustrating to find out that your problems are likely due to something so simple, yet doctors just simply don't have a clue. Unfortunately, it IS likely that your Vitamin D Deficiency has been going on for many years- maybe even decades- depending upon what your lifestyle has been.

If you were actively sunbathing tanned and bronze for years, then probably not. But for how ever long your lifestyle has been similar to what it is now, then it's likely that you have been Vitamin D Deficient.

And yes, it could VERY much help your bone pain and it definitely COULD be at least a part of the cause of your hypertension- although I doubt that it is 100% from the Vitamin D Deficiency but other modifiable lifestyle factors like diet and exercise as well.

Also, Patty, your doctor is WAY off on a few things.

First off, I imagine that he is giving you a prescription for Vitamin D, right? Well, be sure to take a look at the page on why researchers say Prescription Vitamin D is not Suitable for Supplementation. Your doctor is doing you a big disservice writing you a prescription for Vitamin D!

Second, the dosage that he is giving you is for WAY to short of a time frame. Take a look at the Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency page and you'll see that 50,000 a week for only 4 weeks is a HALF to one third of the time that is suggested by researchers.

And with your level being SO low, it's likely that you'll need the whole 12 to 16 weeks of 50,000 IU's per week to get your level up.

Since it is safe and effective to take 10,000 IU's of Vitamin D per day for long periods of time, you may want to consider getting a Vitamin D3 Supplement and simply taking 10,000 IU's per day until your next level in 3 months.

With your level being so low, your doctor's suggestion is going to leave you FAR short of the mark.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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