For the past year I was taking Vitamin D3 due to levels being too low. Level was 26, then 30, and present 54.5. Normal optimal range is 50-70.
Started out taking 2,000 I.U. daily, then internist increased it to 2,000 I.U. twice daily. Was taking Citrical Plus D twice daily and also Magnesium 400 mg. twice daily. Magnesium helps the calcium to absorb better.
The total Vitamin D for each day was over 5,000 I.U.
After taking Vitamin D3 for several months, my blood sugar was great 2 hrs. after meals even tho I had consumed some starches, definitely more carbs than in the past. I was delighted to be able to enjoy good food again. During this time A1c remained at 5.5.
Just knew I had found the secret of keeping blood sugar under control and enjoy good food too.
My recent lab report indicated the "calcium blood level" was out of range. After checking previous calcium blood levels discovered it was gradually elevating during the year.
Elevated calcium blood level is not good, can cause kidney stones along with many other things.
I now am off of Vitamin D for 4 months and will see if the calcium level returns to normal.
If you are taking vitamin D, be sure and have your calcium level checked before you have a major problem or damage.
vitamin D is very important as it helps treating conditions that cause weak and painful bones (osteomalacia). Low levels of phosphate in the blood (familial hypophosphatemia). Low levels of phosphate in the blood due to a disease called Fanconi syndrome. And diabetic patient needs it allot as because of diabetes their bone starts giving pain.
Thanks so much for the insight Marie. I have been on a course of vitamin D for 12 months, found my enegry levels picked up quite nicely, but never thought there would be a calcium blood level connection. I will need to check with my Dr to see if they are keeping an eye on this as well.
Hi Marie , thanks for the heads up, I have no idea if my Dr. checks out my calcium level, I'll ask during my next visit.I just sign with this site looking for vegetables recipes, for some reason I can't get the daily email keep writing the numbers and I'm told they are wrong, well....I'm of to do some food and veggies shopping Cheers
My Vitamin D level finally reached 54 via taking 5,000 I.U. daily, prescribed by previous internist. Best level is between 50-75.
Due to my calcium blood level being out of range I stopped taking all supplements and decided to take only what my new internist thought I needed.
After 4 months my level of Vitamin D is down to 29.
That is a major drop in Vitamin D level in a short time. I cannot be in the sun due to skin cancers, so natural Vitamin D is out for me.
New internist advised me to take 400 I.U. twice daily and will see if the level will go up again. Will start the new dosage today 8-20-2012.
AS many of you may be aware, it has been discovered that people are overdosing on supplements. Many supplements are added to foods and people take supplements too. They are now saying taking supplements can reduce your life expectancy by 10 years, especially for women.
New internist did not suggest going back on any supplements other than vitamin D.
Glad to see that your Vitamin D level is going back up. Interesting what you say in your August post about supplements decreasing your life span. I plan to talk with my doctor when I next see him, as I take a lot of supplements for various problems with my health.