Is 500 IU of Vitamin D Enough to Treat Vitamin D Deficiency?

by Sharry
(Crestview, FL)

My mother had her Vitamin D levels tested recently and they were at 25.7 ng/ml. She had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years ago and I had questioned her doctor about testing her levels because she suffers so much with muscular aches and pains.

He acknowledged that they were low and prescribed Citracal with Vit. D and magnesium.

The dosage is only 500iu of Vitamin D daily. I would like to know if this is really an adequate dosage to bring her levels up.

She doesn't get out in the sun very much and her diet doesn't include most foods that contain Vitamin D.

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Grrrrr! No, not enough...
by: Kerri Knox, RN-The Immune Health Queen!

Hi Sharry,

Grrrrr! Your doctor has NOT done ANY research on Vitamin D and that makes me mad. 500 IU of Vitamin D is HALF of what Dr. Cannell at the Vitamin D Council recommends for MAINTENANCE for a NEWBORN INFANT. Other studies would say that the dose that your doctor prescribed your mother is "Woefully Inadequate"!!

Ugghhh! So, I'm not sure why your doctor is so reluctant to give your mother more, especially when there is SO much Research on Vitamin D and Pain.

And if you Sign up for my Newsletter there is an EXTENSIVE report on Vitamin D and Pain that you can print out and give to your doctor that outlines that fact that even MILD vitamin D deficiencies can cause pain.

All of the current researcher recommendations for Vitamin D Levels state that Levels should be AT LEAST 40 ng/ml in order to be considered Sufficient.

Please go back and speak to your doctor. Although, your doctor will likely prescribe you a larger dose, anything that he prescribes will be Vitamin D2. And vitamin D2 is considered to be Not Suitable for Supplementation. Treating Vitamin D Deficiency with Vitamin D3 Supplements is by FAR the better choice.

So, you are going to have to really get educated and be assertive if you want to get your mom's vitamin D deficiency treated appropriately. You'll also need to insist upon vitamin D Levels approximately every 3 months until her levels have stabilized.

I know that's a lot to take in, so let me know if I can help.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Health Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

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