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Managing Vitamin D Deficiency

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 Last spring I went to the the doctor for a check up; I had been unusually tired and my bones hurt. I just didn’t feel like myself. The doctor ordered a host of lab work, and I received a call the following morning that I had a critical value result. My serum Vitamin D level was 8. My doctor wanted to begin treatment immediately which included an extremely high dose of Vitamin D. I had been taking a calcium supplement the last few years, but apparently it didn’t contain enough Vitamin D. I began a once-a-week dose of 50,000 IU of Vitamin D for 8 weeks. I realized the importance of taking vitamins.

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After several months, I noticed a difference in how I felt. The therapeutic doses of Vitamin D weren’t easy on my system, but I was glad to have normal serum levels of Vitamin D.

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I had signs of Vitamin D deficiency long before I began feeling fatigued. I’ve had numerous fractures and a bone density scan that identified osteopenia when I was just twenty two. We had assumed my issue was solely calcium deficiency, but it was likely that my body couldn’t properly absorb calcium due to a Vitamin D deficiency; your body needs Vitamin D to properly absorb calcium.

I almost waited until it was too late to figure out what was wrong and seek treatment. Women often hit peak bone mass in their late twenties, and bone mass starts to decline around 40. I’m hoping to prevent as much bone loss as possible.

Earlier this week, I fell in the snow and fractured my hand. It’s painful, but it’s also hard on a self-employed writer. If I can’t type or I’m in pain, it’s very difficult for me to work.

When I finished my prescription strength therapeutic dose of Vitamin D, my physician instructed me to take a daily over-the-counter Vitamin D supplement. I was already taking Nature Made Calcium and several products from their line, and I trust the brand. I purchased Nature Made Vitamin D. I take it to help maintain my Vitamin D levels with the help of a balanced diet and spending time in the sun.

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One of my health goals for this year is to maintain a normal serum level of Vitamin D without the use of a prescription medication. I’m currently managing to maintain healthy levels and I hope to continue that with regular use of Nature Made Vitamin D.

Do you regularly take any vitamins, minerals, or supplements?

*I’m sharing my own experience with Vitamin D deficiency. I’m not a healthcare provider, and this post is not intended to treat or diagnose a medical condition. You should seek advice from your healthcare provider if you suspect that you have any medical condition or illness. 

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