No Response From Vitamin D Treatment

by Terri

I was diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency in March 2008 and have since been taking increasing doses of vitamin D3. I am now up to 4000 units daily. Each time that the dose is increased my vitamin D level will rise (50 being the highest) but then will fall again after a couple of months.

I began 4000 units daily in May 2009. When checked in June level was 50. I have continued on this same dose and as of October 14. 2009, the level had again dropped to 36. Do you have an explanation or treatment recommendation for a situation such as mine?

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No Response?
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Terry,

You are definitely getting a response and your response is absolutely normal. You are just not taking enough to meet your needs and you are checking levels quite frequently so you are able to see these month to month variations.

But, when you say 'a situation such as yours' you mean a 'normal' situation because you need about as much as everyone else.

If you go to the Vitamin D Requirements page, you'll see that The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey recommends between 3800 to 5000 IU's per day as a maintenance dose.

You are right there, and your Vitamin D Levels are very close to the optimal range too. So, just take a little bit more every day, a 5000 IU Vitamin D3 Supplement would probably be about right for you- which is why many manufacturers are beginning to make 5000 IU vitamin D supplements, including Jigsaw Health who includes 5000 IU's of Vitamin D right into their Jigsaw Health's Essential Daily Packs for that reason.

You have to remember that Vitamin D is a NUTRIENT and a HORMONE, it is NOT a drug. And just like other nutrients, say water, your needs change day to day and week to week. If you drank the EXACT same amount of water everyday for a month, would you be surprised if you went to the desert and became dehydrated?

No, your needs changed- and it's the same with Vitamin D. Simply take 'enough' vitamin D to get you to within the 'optimal range' of 40 to 80 ng/ml as best as you can.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

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