Vitamin D Deficiency

You’ve probably heard some of the buzz about Vitamin D deficiency recently.  It’s not a new problem, however, I have found that many people are still not aware of the signs and symptoms of low levels. Fortunately, more and more doctors are now regularly testing their patients for this. Vitamin D is important for many reasons. Also, it is even linked to immunity to diseases.

In my experience as a nurse, I commonly hear complaints of fatigue, or low energy levels, foot pain, hair thinning and weak, brittle fingernails. So if you notice any of these symptoms you should talk to your doctor and have your Vitamin D levels checked.

If it is found that your levels are low, it is likely that you will always need to take an OTC vitamin D supplement. There is a prescription strength “loading dose” that your doctor can prescribe. Usually, this is only given for about eight weeks in a once a week dose. However, it is not uncommon that patients remain on the loading dose for much longer than eight weeks due to severe vitamin D deficiency or other causes. Your doctor will decide what is best for your specific situation.

After the prescription course is complete, an OTC supplement is required on a daily basis in order for your levels to stay in the normal range. I find that patients will take the prescription and possibly the OTC for a short time and then stop taking it.  I would say that about 80% of those folks usually fall back into the deficient range.

Vitamin D is inexpensive, they are small and easy to swallow. Additionally, it is important to your energy levels, your immunity and your overall health. It’s easily found at any pharmacy over the counter. So…Take your Vitamin D! You’ll be glad you did!