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Not getting enough vitamin d
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Vysa,

I'm somewhat confused about your post. First you say that you were getting a lot of regular sun exposure, then you go on to say that your vitamin d level is 12 and that you are now getting 45 minutes of sun per day.

If you got that much sun before you found out that your vitamin d level is low, it doesn't sound like you are doing anything differently or that you are taking vitamin d.

A level of 12 is VERY VERY low and so I suspect that you are not getting as much sun as you believe that you are or that you are very dark-skinned and/or you are covering up your skin under the sun.

In any case, whatever you are doing is not getting you enough vitamin d and you need more. If a 'lot' of sun, as you said, left you so severely deficient then getting just a little bit more isn't going to improve your vitamin d levels to the extent that you need to bring it up to normal levels and it sounds like you are going to need vitamin d supplements.

Also, it's possible that you are magnesium deficient as well which makes it hard to absorb vitamin d no matter how much you get. So, please read my page on Magnesium and Vitamin D and maybe that is your problem.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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Is my Vitamin D deficiency Osteomalacia
by: Jill

After suffering severe pain for a year and a half I have been diagnosed with a severe vitamin D deficieccy of 11.
Would this be what is classed as Osteomalacia?
and is this the same as Osteoporosis?
Thank you

Vitamin D Deficiency is Vitamin D Deficiency
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Jill,

Vitamin D Deficiency is 'just' Vitamin D Deficiency- no more, no less. Osteomalacia means 'bone pain' and 'osteoporosis' is 'porous bones'. You can have vitamin d deficiency independently of either of these problems and you can have any of these problems independently of each other.

Usually, however, vitamin d deficiency is present with either or both of these problems and usually precedes these problems by many years. In other words, vitamin d deficiency is a major risk factor for osteomalacia and osteoporosis.

Kerri Knox, RN

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