Osteopenia with a 27 vitamin D level

I am a 52 years old overweight female with a family history of Osteoporosis. I live in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where we have lots of sun. Unfortunately,test showed I have a vitamin D deficiency(27).

My doctor prescribed vitamin D shots and I was going to get them when I came across this article. Now, I am reconsidering my decision. I have been on Fosamax and I take Calcium and vitamin D supplements on a daily basis(800mg): (Caltrate +.GNC wonen's formula).

I have been on this routine for 3 years since I was diagnosed as Osteopenic.I wonder if this dose is enough. I also want to know how I can make use of the sun and when is the best times to get exposed to it.

Thank you,
Khasyet Khoja

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No, It's Not Enough
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Khasyet,

First of all, I'm glad that you found out that you have vitamin d deficient. Since you were already taking vitamin D and live in a sunny country, most people like you 'believe' that they couldn't possibly be deficient.

Next, I'm curious if your Level is in ng/ml or nm/L. Either way, you are deficient, but one is VERY deficient, the other is not HORRIBLE.

So, obviously the amount of vitamin d in your supplements WASN'T enough- otherwise, you wouldn't be deficient!

And yes, you CAN use sun exposure instead. If you get full body sun exposure during peak hours between 11 and 2 pm or so when it's sunny out, you can get close to 20,000 IU's per day if you:

1) Expose your entire body
2) Stay out until you just get the slightest bit pink
4) Cover your face to prevent aging
5) Don't shower with soap for up to 36 hours afterwards (you can do a light shower to wash your underarms and privates, but don't use soap anywhere else and make your shower VERY quick.

That's it. Get your level checked in a couple of months to see if your sunbathing was effective.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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

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