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Vit D shortage

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by PatsyB, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. PatsyB

    PatsyB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Any one lese having difficulties with Vit D level....had a terrible few weeks waking at night my arms in agony...went to the doctors who did blood tests and came bakc to me saying Vit D is very low and to go to chemist and buy some?
     
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    dogslife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello PatsyB. Same thing happened to me recently. I had a battery of blood tests and the surgery rang me to say my Vit D was deficient and that a prescription was waiting for me to collect. I was given 3 months supply of Fultium daily D3 capsules and have to have a repeat blood test when completed. It has taken a while but the pains have subsided. Hope all goes well for you.
     
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    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    Until I started reading this forum, I was unaware of anyone with Vitamin D deficiency. Now I am wondering whether it is a consequence of diabetes or LCHF diet. Or whether it is just a general population lifestyle issue with is spending less time in the sun.
    Thankfully, I seem to be ok at the moment but these threads have given me an additional motivation to make sure I go for a walk outside every day and eat plenty of fish. Fingers crossed this helps.
     
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    CherryAA Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The stuff I have read suggests that its a problem everywhere in the West, made worse by the increased panic about melanoma which now has everyone avoiding the sun. Overall it seems that not getting enough Vit D could be worse for you than getting too much sun ! - twas ever thus.

    Apparently if in the sun - one should be aim for one skin change -so for me a vaguely unattractive light pink. Note to self - stop scurrying under the awnings like a cockroach !

    I'm deficient too - I'm told the level to aim for is the above 100 range only reducing Vit D supplements if it gets beyond 200. I would probably need an articulated lorry load to get that close !
     
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    Where I live in Australia, Queensland is the Melanoma and Skin Cancer capital of the world. I have a vitamin d deficiency and I am on 2000iu a day as I do not get out in the sun as much as I used to.

    It will be five years since I have been taking them, and no mention of vk2. I checked that it is compatible with the Xarelto anti coagulent I take, so will chase my GP up about it. Thanks for the heads up @Brunneria.

    We had a big advertising campaign years ago about Slip, Slop, Slap with Sid Seagull, here's the two versions.



     
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    CherryAA Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks yes I was already aware of that via that thread ! so I bought both
     
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  8. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I was found to be deficient and the doctor prescribed vitD at a dose I havn't come across. One tablet twice per week for eight weeks. Can't remember what the numbers were but no mention of K2 on the box. Have to see the vampire in october to check levels.
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Maybe from less processed food which have vitamins added. Cereals too.
     
  10. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    If highly deficient then a high dose given for a few days/weeks then rechecked.
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Do multivitamins have k2 in them?
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Where did you get the above 100 range from, and do you know which units it is?
    My lab report does not give a reference range. It actually says "not applicable". The test was a 25-OH vit D. The units were nmol/L

    I have been trying to find a UK official reference range without much success. The goal posts move. I have seen that 50 is the lowest adequate level, that between 50 and 100nmol/l (20-40ng/mL) is normal, also seen that 75 is adequate. 200 is too much. No-one seems to know for sure, which may explain why my lab doesn't give one.
     
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    helensaramay Type 1 · Expert

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    Interesting idea. But I don't eat processed foods. And I doubt our ancestors who didn't have vitamin d deficients in the past, definitely did have processed foods.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Many of our British ancestors had VitD deficiencies - rickets was rife. Possibly one reason being they wore full length clothes even as children and hid their faces from the sun.
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    I've seen various recommendations too.

    I think the US unit of measurement is different to ours.

    Chris Masterjohn has done a lot of research on this topic and his recommended range is 20-40ng/mL - which I believe is 50-100nmol/L for us.
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    What happens is the body seeks out from food what it needs then remaining is weed out. Except for selenium and a few others which are poisonous in higher doses.
    So k2 if insuffient from diet will need supplementing.
    K2 is in green veg and spring onions, kale and asparagus.
    Vit D is mainly processed by the liver.
    So once again if liver is being overworked to release glucose for survival then processing vit d is less a priority.
    Once again the liver is failing to do one of its many functions.
    IR is more related to liver than pancreas.
     
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    Indy51 Type 2 · Expert

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    I think you're talking more about K1. K2 is found more in dairy, eggs, liver and fermented food. It's fairly hard to get in sufficient quantities from a Western diet. Following is the best resource I've found on K2:

    https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2016/12/09/the-ultimate-vitamin-k2-resource/
     
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    Begonia Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    @Bluetit1802

    My last years UK blood test says "<25 nmol/L: OVERT VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY INDICATED"

    Recent blood test says "Values between 75 and 120 nmol/L indicate sufficient vitamin D "

    So less than 25 nmol/L is deficient and between 75 and 120 nmol/L is fine. Presumably between 25 and 75 is considered low.
     
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  19. ickihun

    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    There is vit d deficiency and vit d insufficiency.
     
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