a year ago, my Vit. D-3 level was 25........my doctor put me on a 1000 IU per day regimen, and in 8 months, the level came up to 36. ........my doctor then prescribed 50,000 IU once a week, which i did for three months, and just got my level checked. That regimen brought the level up to 57. So it takes quite a lot to get the needle to move a bit. I'm feeling a little better, and in conjunction with raising my iron, B-12, and zinc levels, I feel like I'm on the right path. I've mentioned before that Vit. D-3 is actually a misnomer, as it is a pre, or pro homone.------------I also had my testosoterone checked, and in 3 months, the total serum level has risen from 337 to 496. My free testosterone has also risen from the mid 40's to the mid 70's. The percentage of free to total, however, is very low.
Interpetation for me: That Vit. D-3 and other vital markers work in tandem. I'm not supplementing with Testosterone, so it had to have had an effect, because prior to this, my levels remained consistently in the low 300's. Vitmain D-3, in addtion to all the other good things it does, also works as an aromatase inhibitor, binding to the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin that plays Pacman with our testosterone
Our plan is to continue with the 50,000 IU per week for another 12 weeks and test again. I'm sure it's going to bring it to around the 70-75 level where my doctor wants to see it. ( Remember, the range is 30-100, so that's still way under the high point) At that point, we'll go to a yet-to be-determined maintenance dose. I'm outdoors quite a bit, and obviously was not getting enought D from the sun. Even the 1000 per day wasn't cutting the mustard. I'm guinea pig proof that mega does of D won't hurt as long as you monitor. We have no intention of letting it get to toxic range. We'll also test the "T" again, and come up with a game plan based on my numbers and symptoms at that time............oh, and we'll be testing my PSA at the 2-yr mark, along with everything else------minor little thing, that.
Arnie in DE