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Not Absorbing Vitamin D

Discussion in 'Detox: Methylation; B12; Glutathione; Chelation' started by Uno, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Uno

    Uno Senior Member

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    Hi folks

    My mum has very low Vitamin D levels and has been having injections but her levels remain low and her doctor is baffled as to why she is not absorbing it?

    I wondered if it could be a methylation issue?

    Thanks!
  2. Valentijn

    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    Which form is testing low and which form is she being injected with?
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  3. Uno

    Uno Senior Member

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    I don't know:( I can find out? Does it make a difference? x
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    fibrodude84 Senior Member

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    Yes, 25 hydroxy is the best vit d test. Is her injection vitamin d 3? Vit d2 is synthetic and harder for body to absorb.
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    I remember i was taking something like 5000iu a day and my vit D was still low, i managed to increase this by use a high dose 50000iu capsule. I think i did this daily for a week, then took 1 once a week for a few weeks and then just slowly kept spacing them out, now i probably take 1 x 50000iu once a month when i remember?
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    Is your mum able to sun herself? It's not something I would do because I'm fair, but it's the way your body makes vitamin D.

    Medication use can affect vitamin D:

    "Steroids
    Corticosteroid medications such as prednisone, often prescribed to reduce inflammation, can reduce calcium absorption and impair vitamin D metabolism. These effects can further contribute to the loss of bone and the development of osteoporosis associated with their long-term use.

    Other medications
    Both the weight-loss drug orlistat (brand names Xenical® and alliTM) and the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine (brand names Questran®, LoCholest®, and Prevalite®) can reduce the absorption of vitamin D and other fat-soluble vitamins. Both phenobarbital and phenytoin (brand name Dilantin®), used to prevent and control epileptic seizures, increase the hepatic metabolism of vitamin D to inactive compounds and reduce calcium absorption."

    --US Office of Dietary Supplements

    Also, your kidneys covert the vitamin precursor to active vitamin D, so your mum might need to have her kidneys checked.

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