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I had that also last time my levels were checked. Now I just take a Vitamin D supplement three times a week.

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Minimum of 5000iu daily and add in Vitamin K2. It takes forever to get levels up. I spent years with mine around your range until I added in the K2. Please consult with your doctor if you have any clotting disorders before starting the Vit K. Spend time in natural sunlight as well.

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low Vitamin D levels are really common, even among non-WLS people - I think I've read about 40% of adults have them. Are you on Vitamin D supplements? I had to be on a prescription supplement for a few weeks, then I switched to an over the counter one to maintain my new, higher levels. Check with your doctor or surgeon to see if they think you should start taking vitamin D - or if you're already on it, if you should increase your dosage.

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Low D is VERY common, particularly for folks in the Northern States. Do some naked sunbathing and take your D3.

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10,000 is a pretty big dose. Did your doctor prescribe that much? Be a little careful and monitor your level. D is fat soluable and excess can't be flushed out like Water soluable vitamins....having too high a level can cause some Calcium problems that can hurt your kidneys...so it's important not to go overboard. As long as your doctor is monitoring your level and has prescibed that dose you should be fine...they might be trying to get your level up in a hurry before surgery. You probably will need it adjusted down when your levels come up.

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On 06/16/2021 at 15:36, Creekimp13 said:



10,000 is a pretty big dose. Did your doctor prescribe that much? Be a little careful and monitor your level. D is fat soluable and excess can't be flushed out like Water soluable vitamins....having too high a level can cause some Calcium problems that can hurt your kidneys...so it's important not to go overboard. As long as your doctor is monitoring your level and has prescibed that dose you should be fine...they might be trying to get your level up in a hurry before surgery. You probably will need it adjusted down when your levels come up.


10,000 isn’t that high nowadays where many doctors have realized that it takes high doses to get lab results to go up. I have yet to see anyone with out of range high levels of Vitamin D and I look at thousands of lab results in a year. My GP himself takes 30,000iu a day for maintenance. Vitamin K really seems to make a difference with supplementation for many people who are resistant, but that is certainly something that needs to be discussed with the doctor first.

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As we get older, our ability to absorb Vitamin D is reduced. The recommended daily allowance is 600 to 800iu depending upon age. But as @Soon2bFit21 suggested, a dose of 10000 may be to restore Vitamin D levels to an acceptable range. I would expect the dose would be reduced once levels improved but it is possible you will always need to take a supplement … &/or do daily naked sunbathing as @Creekimp13 suggested 😉.

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In April 2019 mine was at 10.5. Because I work nights and burn easily it took almost 4 months of 50,000iu x2 weekly and 1,000iu daily to get it to 27. I now take 1,200iu daily along with an extra 1,000iu weekly to keep it between 25-30.

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My pale skin means sun screen and sun avoidance. I have had chronically low D for 10+ years and taken the 50,000 IU twice a week periodically. I now maintain with daily 2000 IU. If OP is taking 10,000 IU daily and still running low, it would suggest some absorption issue. Definitely worth a talk with the doc as D is super important for immune health.

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It’s amazing how different we all are @WishMeSmaller & @Starwarsandcupcakes. I’m very fair too & avoid the sun as much as I can. Some days the only sun I see is when I walk to my mail box at my front gate - about 4steps - yet my Vitamin D is really good. Never been an issue.

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On 06/16/2021 at 19:38, Soon2bFit21 said:


10,000 isn’t that high nowadays where many doctors have realized that it takes high doses to get lab results to go up. I have yet to see anyone with out of range high levels of Vitamin D and I look at thousands of lab results in a year. My GP himself takes 30,000iu a day for maintenance. Vitamin K really seems to make a difference with supplementation for many people who are resistant, but that is certainly something that needs to be discussed with the doctor first.

Agreed. The entire staff at my local natural health office (not just for supplements, an MD also works there) takes up to 50,000iu daily during certain times of the year.

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