THE IMPORTANCE OF VIT D

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Bstrong
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   Posted 2/12/2017 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Vitamin D is another really important component. By stimulating as many as 300 anti-microbial peptides that are even more powerful than antibiotics, vitamin D helps improve and regulate your immune system and fight infections. Many RA sufferers will notice that their symptoms are at their worst during the winter, and often dissipate during the summer. This is a giant clue that vitamin D is at work.

Invariably, unless you're aggressively addressing your vitamin D level with sensible sun exposure and/or supplementation, your blood levels of vitamin D will drop to dangerously low levels sometime in January, February, or March, when sun exposure is at its lowest.

I typically recommend RA sufferers get their levels checked every month, to help them fine-tune the dosage they're taking. Your ultimate goal is to reach and maintain a therapeutic level of 40 to 60 ng/ml, and if you're using a supplement, you need to take whatever dosage required to get you there.

By Dr Mercola

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   Posted 2/13/2017 2:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Dr Mercola,
Are you an MD? I'm curious, because my Rheumatologist has never mentioned either the vit D or the sugar intake. My GP recommended I take vitamin D when my levels came back a bit low when she decided to run a check. I took it religiously for awhile. Recommended dosage. It didn't change my level. I quit taking it. Level didn't go down or up when I quit. I'm barely below normal range and I live on the Coast. I think I'll just stick with my usual three month blood work and not worry about monthly fine tuning.
Also, the amount of sugar I eat, more less, seems to have zero effect on the way I feel and amount of flares.
I know altering diet has really been helpful to some sufferers, to some degree or another. Just sayin though, don't forget to consult your rheumy before making any changes in meds and diet, including vit D.
Beth

graygirl
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   Posted 2/13/2017 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Both my Primary & Rheumy monitor my vitamin D levels. I currently take an over the counter but when it goes very low, I get a prescription to bring it up to an optimal level.

Vitamin D is especially good for bone health -which is why milk is fortified with D and Calcium. I stopped dairy.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/13/2017 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Celebrate life, I think she was quoting Dr. Marcola. He has some unique views on nutrition and autoimmune problems. You can find his info on the web.
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Bstrong
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   Posted 2/13/2017 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, yes I was only quoting Dr Mercola, I am not MD, I was assuming that he is well known, I should maybe add some more info.

Celebrate life- I am currently in remission and just trying to help, I can't tell you to not listen to your doctor. There is a lot of people with RA and also on this forum who have problem with vit D. I was one of them I was using tons of sunscreen because of skin discoloration. After years of avoiding sun and low vit D levels I was diagnosed with RA. I never could bring it back to normal levels with suggested intake on the package of 2000 IU so once in a while it was prescribed to me by the rheumatologist.

I read a lot about vit D and decided to take more than suggested, you can not overdose vit D, only if you go over suggested levels it can become toxic.

But this is what I think is dangerous for us people with RA going low on vit D even if it is brought back to normal level, I think it's important to keep it balanced. These are only my thoughts, doctor will not tell you that but if you mention that you take higher levels of vit D they will not tell you it's wrong... I actually would wish that doctor suggested that to me years ago or mentioned that something like anti inflammatory diet exists.
RA - diagnosed July 2010 until December 2015

CURRENTLY IN TOTAL REMISSION

Plaquenil, Vit D 700 IU, Vit B complex, Vit C

Warfarin, Baclofen

BadDay
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   Posted 2/18/2017 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Bstrong it is Not Recommended to Give Medical Advice or Promote Programs ect on this site Stating something and signing it Dr Mercola Gives the impression it is written by a Doctor it is Good to Know You obtained "remission" or Found Comfort in Certain Diets ect But if you are posting Medical script please Start the post with ( I recently read this article by Dr Mercola ,, or Dr Whoever )
That way people reading it can asses if they want to take on that information or not.
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Bstrong
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   Posted 2/20/2017 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
OK I understand, please remove all my posts which are against your policy thank you

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   Posted 2/21/2017 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Now a days it is common for drs to check vitamin D levels in their patients. People that live in areas especially those that live in parts of the country that has bad winter weather & the people are not out in the sunlight much, many were found to be deficient. Low vitamin D can cause an increase in joint pain with or without having RA.

We should always follow our drs instructions on the dosage needed because a person can take too much & become toxic as a result.
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Bstrong
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   Posted 2/22/2017 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes straydog that's what I said in my second post - vit D can become toxic when overdosed that's why you check levels every few months with your doctor. Anyway I would prefer this kind of toxicity over Humira, Enbrel or steroids in my body. Everybody will choose what's the best for them.
RA - diagnosed July 2010 until December 2015

CURRENTLY IN TOTAL REMISSION

Plaquenil, Vit D 700 IU, Vit B complex, Vit C

Warfarin, Baclofen

eat2bwell
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   Posted 2/23/2017 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
When I first had my vitamin D level checked it was 19 ng/ml. The VA recommends levels between 30 - 90 ng/ml. I started taking 5000 IU of vitamin D3 and got my level up to 72 ng/ml in 3 months. Sick people need more vitamin D and healthy people. Here is an article which explains vitamin D.

http://www.naturalnews.com/027345_Vitamin_D_exposure_sun.html

Bstrong
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   Posted 2/23/2017 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you eat2bwell! Your user name says a lot already! Some of us are sick because everybody is absorbing vitamins differently and we
do not absorb vitamins correctly. Some people will have defficiencies of vitamins because of the poor diet, lack of exercise etc., vit D for example for better absorption need to be taken with fat. And it's hard to get all the vitamins on the recommended level that's why we have supplements and everybody is different that's why we all need different amount of it. Not always as suggested intake of 2000 IU.

The problem is that we spend too much on reading articles about different medications and their side effects - I unerstand I was sick too but let's do not focus only on that! There are plenty of diets, herbs, supplements and natural stuff which can help too.

Thank you for link! I didn't paste links in my post as I thought it may be against the policy of that forum that's why I pasted Dr Mercola text.
RA - diagnosed July 2010 until December 2015

CURRENTLY IN TOTAL REMISSION

Plaquenil, Vit D 700 IU, Vit B complex, Vit C

Warfarin, Baclofen
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