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.
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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.