14 Apr What’s Your Vitamin D Number?
Written by Karen Shackelford.
What’s your Vitamin D number?
That was a question I was never aware of until I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. My first thoughts were, “I have no idea what you are talking about. What number? No one had ever told me about a number.”
I later found out that this number is significant for my health, and it’s significant for your health too.
Why is Vitamin D so important? It regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. It helps the immune system. It helps with cell growth and reduces inflammation. It is very important for strong bones. It helps with cardiovascular function, muscle function and brain development. The big point for me: it has anti-cancer effects. I know this to be a fact.
For a great article with more information on Vitamin D, click here.
My “number” when diagnosed with breast cancer was a whopping low of 14, which is not good. Most doctors will tell you that 30 or above is good. Most nutritionally aware doctors, functional doctors and “in the know” oncologists will recommend higher ranges of 70 – 90. After finding out my number was really low, I was put on a protocol of 50,000 IU of Vitamin D3 once a week for a month. Then I went to 10,000 IU for months. I was tested again and my number was between 40 – 60. Once I got over 60, I began taking 5,000 IU and have been able to maintain at a preventative range of 70-90. I also try to take my lunch outside when it is sunny and catch a few rays of sunshine that can help with absorption. I am currently at 84.
So how do you find out what your number is? Get a blood test called 25(OH) D or 25-hydroxyvitamin D.
Once you know your number, work with your doctor to determine the dosage you require to get into the right range. Many times, doctors will not even check your Vitamin D unless you ask. Also, insurance may or may not cover it. If you cannot get your doctor to check your Vitamin D, you can order this test kit by GRASSROOTS and participate in the world’s largest vitamin D project to eliminate deficiency.
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Roughly About 90% Of The Population Is Deficient In Vitamin D. Are You?
Mary Caire MD Follow Up:
If your vitamin D (OH)25 level is less than 50, you may be missing out on some of the health benefits including a faster metabolism and a significant decrease in your risk for most types of cancer. A vitamin D (OH)25 level more than 60 decreases your risk of breast cancer by 50%! I take 5000 IU’s of vitamin D3 everyday since that is how much I personally need to get my levels around 75. 5000 IU’s of vitamin D3 is over 10 times the recommended daily allowance, but that is what my body needs. Some of my patients need more and some need less, so it’s important to test and retest to find out how much you really need. Too much vitamin D can be toxic so be sure have your doctor closely monitor your levels.
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