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Old 12-10-2010, 22:00   #1
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Hello, all,

Nearly a year ago I read an article about how important vitamin D was, and it suggested large dosages for maximum effect. I ordered mega-dose vitamin D from a famous online vitamin supply store. They were 5,000 IU vitamin D soft gels. The bottle says each soft gel supplies 1,250% of the daily requirement of vitamin D. I began taking 2 a day since last February. I have not missed a single day. A short time ago my doctor ran a simple blood test. When I went in for the results, the doctor said my levels of vitamin D were very low, and I should seriously consider taking supplements. I was shocked! I contacted the manufacturer of the vitamins, and they said the product was fine, there was something wrong with me, or something I was taking was interfering with the vitamin D absorption. I am diabetic, take insulin (Novolog and Lantis, low dosages), a mild blood-pressure pill, and vitamin C. Does anybody have any ideas? I suspect the vitamin D soft gels do NOT contain what they say. I paid a high price for them, too. Any ideas?

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There are some studies that show a possible link in diabetes and low vit D. I will say among a lot of the diabetics I know, having low vitamin D levels is pretty common. Mine was really low when checked now I take a precription supplement.

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My diabetes diagnosis came only last year - about 19 months ago - and I had a bone density test just last month which looked good. My doc did, however, put me on a calcium/vitamin D supplement, just for good measure. Since milk doesn't fit into my diabetes diet, and I rarely get any sun's rays, it's better safe than sorry.
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I suspect the vitamin D soft gels do NOT contain what they say.
And I tend to agree with your suspicions about the expensive gel supplements, Cherie, despite the protestations of the manufacturer.




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I think first you would have to have another blood test to confirm the first test. Once the second test matches the first test you'll have to switch to another brand of vitamin D supplement for, and this is just a guess, about 6 weeks...then take a third blood test. If the third blood test shows a higher percentage of vitamin D...you'll know it was the supplement. If it doesn't...you'll know it's you.

 
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I believe Bountyman has the best solution. I only use the 2000 IU and on my last test, I was near the top of the normal range. Some supplements are not all they are advertised to be and what Bountyman has suggested is the sure way to know.

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Default Thanks for the responses!

Thanks for your kind responses! You've given me a lot of food for thought! I will check out Bountyman, and also see if prescription vitamin D would be a good way to go. I noticed it often comes with calcium, and wondered if I can get it without, or if there would be enough calcium to cause problems. I went for another blood test this morning for Cortisol, and an A1C. I never did understand that one, it gives the doctor a 4 month record of my blood sugar levels? How?

Anyway, thank you all again.

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Valid question, Cherie! The A1c can happen because the average life span of our red blood cells is 90 days or so. So since some of them have been floating around that long, the test can get a picture as far back as three or so months, of how much glucose has gotten attached to those cells. Kinda weird, isn't it?




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I noticed it often comes with calcium, and wondered if I can get it without, or if there would be enough calcium to cause problems.
The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Without enough vitamin D, one can’t form enough of the hormone calcitriol (known as the “active vitamin D”). This in turn leads to insufficient calcium absorption from the diet. In this situation, the body must take calcium from its stores in the skeleton, which weakens existing bone and prevents the formation of strong, new bone.

Some supplement suppliers like to mix and match their supplements. Adding calcium to a vitamin D supplement assures that the added calcium has a source of vitamin D to form calcitriol.

I would suppose there are vitamin D supplements that do not contain calcium.

 
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Hello, again,

I had seen an article about the dangers of too much calcium. There are so many vitamin blends that mess you up. I had heard that too much calcium contributed to kidney stones, gall stones, and heart problems.

Just like when I saw an article from the WHO that said there was an absolute cure for MS. A serving of seafood daily for 4-6 months. I bought tilapia fillets, until I found it was a fresh water fish, not seafood, and thus ineffective.

I then thought TUNA (which I love)!! I bought many cans, and have been eating a serving a day for over 2 months. Then Consumer reports came out yesterday with an article on tuna, stating there was so much dangerous mercury in it, that no more than a single serving a week was safe!

So NOW what have I done to myself? Man! You can't win! I am now buying pollack and haddock fillets, stinky wet fish, ugh, but the only other options were salmon, mussels and shrimp, which I can't stand!

So it seems that no matter what you try, there is always a catch!

Anyway, thanks again!

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Then Consumer reports came out yesterday with an article on tuna, stating there was so much dangerous mercury in it, that no more than a single serving a week was safe!
I saw that too! I really like tuna - in fact I had it for breakfast today (leftover tuna casserole ). While they tested only canned tuna, I can't imagine it makes any difference whether it's canned, foil pouches or fresh - the mercury is in the fish, not the packaging. Aarrgghh!




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