The easiest way to determine how much vitamin D you should take in your supplement is to get a vitamin D test, and then repeat the test in three months. Then repeat the test twice a year to make sure your levels are not falling.
Signs of a deficiency can be a little elusive. Here’s a list of questions that can help pinpoint the deficiency, but as mentioned before, a simple blood test tells all.
- Do you continue to get infections (any and all types)?
- Do you have chronic pain?
- Have you been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis?
- Do you have cancer?
- Have you been told you have rickets?
- Is your skin dark? (You won’t absorb as much vitamin D from sunshine.)
- Do you have heart disease?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Are you depressed during the winter or do you experience seasonal affective disorder?
- Does your child have rickets?
- Do you have muscle weakness?
- Do you have constant inflammation in your body?
- Have you fractured a vertebra recently?
Answering yes to any of these questions means that it’s possible you have a deficiency. That’s because those who have infections, diabetes, cancer, or heart disease have been consistently found to have a deficiency of vitamin D. There are many other diseases that respond favorably to increasing the body’s level of vitamin D. For example, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Gestational Diabetes respond quite well. Symptoms experienced decrease once the vitamin D levels approach the level where they should be.
So get the test done as soon as possible. If you have insurance, ask your doctor to run the test. This isn’t a rare request and most doctors know now that a vitamin D deficiency is increasing the risks for their patients to develop other diseases.
If you don’t have insurance, order the test for yourself online. Google “online vitamin D test” and the company you choose will send you a lab requisition to take to a hospital outpatient laboratory or a local company that specializes in medical tests. Schedule an appointment, take the requisition into the lab, and you’ll have your results within a week.
Remember that the remedy for a low vitamin D level is easy to handle. You’ll simply take vitamin D supplements for an extended period of time. No shots. No pain. The capsules slip down the throat very easily.
Don’t forget to take them at the end of a meal.
NOTE: There are a few very rare contradictions to taking vitamin D. Those with high blood calcium levels should not take vitamin D. Conditions causing high blood calcium can be caused by:
- primary hyperparathyroidism (most common cause)
- granulomatous TB
- some cancers
Please consult your physician prior to taking Vitamin D.