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Low Vitamin D levels .....

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by sophiachambers, May 22, 2019.

  1. sophiachambers

    sophiachambers Type 1 · Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm a type one diabetic and after recieving my annual blood test results today I'm slightly concerned. My hba1c was 5.7 - so I was really happy. However I was told I have low vitamin D levels and require a new prescription.

    Has anyone had this before? I'm slightly worried - I've "heard" this can also be a sign of cancer?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. TraceyD123

    TraceyD123 Type 1 · Newbie

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    I had exactly the same. I now take a high strength supplement every day which has sorted it although it does take a few months. If you’ve also been feeling a bit down this will explain why.
     
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  3. wiflib

    wiflib Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Vit D deficiency is rip roaringly common all over the world. Have a search here for previous threads about it, pop over to the Vitamin D Council (UK based) and look at what Ivor Cummings has to say about it on YouTube.

    I take between 5-10000 iu almost daily, depending on the time of year. Loads of us buy our own suppliments.
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Vitamin D deficiency precedes the onset of type 1 diabetes, so it would be commonplace in our community. I was Vitamin D deficient the summer before my diagnosis. I take supplements over the winter months and have given up using face sunblock (unless I'm on holiday in the sun) and try to be outside with my bare arms and face exposed at lunchtime, even in the winter months.
     
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  5. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I've taken supplemental vit.D for 3 years now because of a severe deficiency and no sign of cancer at all :)
     
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    Koalajane Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have been diagnosed with vitamin d deficiency and take prescribed vitamin d3 and calcium tablets daily( I have polymyalgia rheumatica) and I know many people have Vit D deficiency. Judging by the weather today it is not surprising!
     
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    dabbit Type 2 · Active Member

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    In my last tests from the hospital (for non-related diabetes) a blood test showed I was vitamin D deficient too. I don't get them on prescription as they are only £1.49 for 60 high strength in Savers. But from memory, I'm sure everyone in the UK is supposed to take a vitamin D tablet every day according to the medical advice I see on TV a while back
     
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    I had a pretty serious deficiency upon diagnosis. I was on a large dose of 5,000 uIU per day until my tests came back in the normal range. Now I take 2,000 uIU daily in the summer, because I also get sun on my daily walks, and double that during the winter. My tests continue to show normal. I get mine from the local drugstore.
     
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  9. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Sophia - As others have said, Vitamin D defficiency is incredibly common.

    If you are in UK, your Doctor will likely prescribe you a loading dose, with instruction thata you buy a lower dose over the counter for the longer term.

    The NHS routinely only prescribe Vitamin D, whereas the far better option is Vitamin D3, with Vitamin K2. The K2 helps it "work much better". I use the "" as I'm enormously aware I have over simplified that a lot.
     
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    My vitamin D levels are low as well. My doctor said most people are, and wasn't concerned. I have a new doc now, who basically said the same but did want me to supplement to bring it up a little.
     
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