Vitamin D Levels are High While Using Home Tanning Bed

by Kris
(Stillwater, Minnesota)

My Vitamin D levels just came back and they are 92ng/ml. 6 months ago they were 65 ng/ml. It is now March 6th and I have not been supplementing with anything other than the 400 IU's that are apparently in my salmon oil from Vital Choice. I do faithfully use a tanning bed for 10 minutes a day three times a week. I was for a short time using it for 10 minutes a side but not for very long.



I was doing this as a test to see if I could maintain good levels through the winter with just the tanning bed and I guess this proves that I could but does it mean I am storing Vitamin D for some reason or is it okay to have my levels so high?

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Your levels are just a tiny bit high...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Kris,

I'm not really sure what your question is. It sounds like you are concerned that you might have a medical issue because your levels are too high. But your level is not even 'high', because normal levels on lab sheets are generally 30 to 100 ng/ml.

So, I would really just say that your Vitamin D Level is 'Slightly Above Optimal'.

Our bodies ALWAYS store excess vitamin d because vitamin d is fat-soluble and that's what fat soluble vitamins DO. You CAN'T urinate them out or get rid of them in your sweat- you store them. So, there is not something abnormal going on that your body is storing it, it's just doing what vitamin d does when it doesn't need it for the moment.


Just use your tanning bed a tiny bit less and you'll be perfect.



Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

Thinking something IS wrong
by: Kris

Hi Kerri,




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I did, indeed, think something might be wrong. I know people with sarcoidosis, for instance, have high levels of Vitamin D but I could not in any literature find what level is considered toxic. I will tell you that I have hypothyroidism and as someone with "dis-ease" perhaps being on the high end of normal "ain't all bad" I just didn't want to let something go unchecked.

I know Joe Mercola said that he was toxic at one time having taken too much cod liver oil but I am not sure that he ever stated what his D levels were.

When my D levels were 64 (or 65) last summer I contacted Krispin Sullivan to ask some questions and she kind of shot me down saying my levels were too high, and "too high was not good", so when these came back as 92 ng/ml I admit I got scared.

Anyway I am part of the Grassroots Health Vitamin D study, so my levels will be checked again in 6 months. I will only use the Sunsplash Renew once a week and discontinue using it once the sun is useful at our latitude of 45 degrees (sometime in May).

Thanks again for your timely reply,
Kris


Toxic Levels right on my site...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Kris,

Well, if you wanted to know about toxic levels, you could have just looked on my site on the Vitamin D Toxicity page. I have the toxic levels right there on a chart.

Dr. Mercola calls levels over 100 ng/ml 'excessive', but the LOWEST toxicity level that any researcher claims is 150 ng/ml, with even THAT researcher saying that that number is 'arbitrary' and more likely to be 'MUCH' higher.




So, you are FAR from toxic and not even into the 'excessive' range. The person who told you that 65 is too high has no idea what they are talking about because, as you can read on my Normal Vitamin D Levels page, that nearly all researchers agree that it should be somewhere between about 40 to 80 ng/ml.

And you ARE right that there are SOME disease states that benefit from higher vitamin d levels. While this has NOT been studied extensively, one notable one that HAS is the relationship between Multiple Sclerosis and Vitamin D where they found fewer relapses in these patients with levels right around 100 ng/ml.


Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

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