Vitamin D

Do you know your Vitamin D level?

Vitamin D is needed to build and maintain strong, healthy bones.  The amount of Vitamin D in a typical daily multivitamin is usually only 400 IU on average, but your body may require as much as 4000 IU daily or more.  In a recent study, more than 50% of women receiving medication to treat osteoporosis had low Vitamin D levels.

Be sure that your doctor follows your Vitamin D levels, as it is very important for other functions in our bodies.  (More information on that subject in a future post).  Also be sure that you take your Vitamin D with a meal that contains some fat, as it will help with absorption.

Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley

One comment

  1. Dr. Nancy is so right about Vitamin D levels. I am an RA patient who wasn’t getting enough Vitamin D. After adjusting to 50000 IU a week, I have a lot more energy and feel better overall.

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