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All my blood work came back from my annual poking (so much fun—not). Yes, my cholesterol and such is great. Again, the assistant was just amazed. She all but came out and said, "You are the healthiest fat person I've seen." I think she was happy to tell me that I am 'suffering' from a severe vitamin D deficiency.

My vitamin D number is 11 and should be between 30 and 50. These are just numbers to me. So, I looked up why vitamin D is important. eHow.com says:

Function of Vitamin D

The major purpose of vitamin D is to control normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorous. Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium, and therefore is essential for forming and maintaining healthy bones. Without vitamin D, bones can become brittle, soft and misshapen.

For the adult, vitamin D provides protection from osteoporosis and muscle weakness, which could cause falling. For the child, it provides protection from rickets. Vitamin D helps protect the body from high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases. Canadian researchers found a link between a lack of vitamin D and multiple sclerosis in children. More research has discovered a link between low levels of vitamin D to diabetes and tuberculosis.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4568650_why-vitamin-d-important.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask#ixzz10wq38DXk

Interesting, yes? Maybe this is why I'm so clumsy.

So, for the next three months, I will be taking a weekly super dose of vitamin D. Then I will get blood work done again to see if I can shift to something OTC.


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Sep. 29th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
I'm low in D and B12. B12 is controlled with supplements, D I'm doing mega-doses now.

And yes, I'm another healthy fat person. One of my more surreal experiences was ending up in the ER with chest pain (probably stress or asthma) and being told over and over that I was in perfect health.

Edited at 2010-09-29 07:51 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of food that can help provide Vitamin D.

And one of of my doctor's options for Vitamin D: "Spend 10 minutes every 3 days out in the sun with exposed face, back of the shoulders, and arms." (paraphrase)
Oct. 1st, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I take Vitamen D every day. I have a low count, but I don't get much sun. Australian summers are REALLY bad for the skin (no ozone layer and all).
Oct. 3rd, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'll see your Seattle and raise you a London ... what is the Sun again :-)
Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
For a second, I thought you were saying you were coming to visit. :) In any case, make sure you're getting enough vitamin D.
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