Patricia Bearnson, M.D.

Sexual Medicine & Menopause Center

Vitamin D Supplement

  

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread and seems to be related to so many health concerns: osteoporosis, heart disease, depression, cancer, diabetes, immune function and even weight loss.  Vitamin D supplementation appears beneficial throughout our lifespan.  

Your body cannot create vitamin D on its own.  Instead, it’s designed to make it through sun exposure and ingesting vitamin D through food.  But, vitamin D deficiency continues to be very common.  Some theories relate this to the latitude we live in affection vitamin D absorption through the skin and bowel conditions that decrease metabolism of vitamin D that is ingested.  WE also know that we lose some of our ability to synthesize and absorb vitamin D as we age.

The growing awareness of how much our bodies rely on vitamin D has raised concern that the dietary “recommended daily intake” values are obsolete.  The US Food and Nutrition Board recommends 200 IU per day as the safety cut-off for individuals taking supplements without a doctor’s supervision.  Higher doses are safe if vitamin D levels are monitored.

If our patient’s vitamin D levels are in the low range of normal we recommend a higher dose replacement of vitamin D.  Dr. Bearnson has done research on vitamin D manufactures and has found a reputable company.  Biotech Pharmaceuticals us where we obtain our vitamin D supplement for our patients.  The 50,000 IU vitamin D3 is kept at our office for patients to purchase.

To find out more on Biotech Pharmaceuticals please visit their website
www.biotechpharmacal.com

Vitamin D 50,000 IU Dosing         

In our practice if vitamin D blood levels are low Dr. Bearnson will recommend vitamin D3 50,000 IU one of the following ways.

One tablet once weekly for 4 months, then recheck vitamin D blood levels

One tablet twice weekly for 4 months, then recheck vitamin D blood levels

As your vitamin D levels are increased the supplementing of vitamin D is decreased.  Most commonly to just one vitamin D 50,000 IU once a month to maintain healthy levels.