Asked by bevan33190265100 on August 18, 2015
IAWParticipantIAW on August 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm
It is not a coincidence! Vitamin D deficiency can cause fatigue and so can iron deficiency. So it does not surprise me that he got better. You are correct in thinking that if he had not seen the “sun” in a long time than his Vitamin D levels were low. Just because he tested once at a certain level does not mean you will stay at that level especially when only relying on the sun for Vitamin D. The doctor was incorrect!
Here at the Vitamin D Council we highly recommend Vitamin D levels of 50ng/ml or 125 nmol/l or slightly higher to be healthy. This is what the research tells us is “healthy”. So for a 14 year old between the weight of 105 -125 lbs would mean he should be taking 4000-5000 iu of Vitamin D a day. Please do not forget the co-factors listed at http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-and-other-vitamins-and-minerals/. They are very important.
Vitamin D is very important to muscle strength.
So do you take a minimum of 5000 iu a day?Answered by IAW on August 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm
bevan33190265100Participantbevan33190265100 on September 9, 2015 at 1:33 am
Thank you so much for the reply IAW and sorry I didn’t respond earlier, I have had internet problems!
I have been giving his 1000iu a day since we got back from holiday in Aug.
I explained to his GP over the phone this week what had happened on holiday (it was the paediatrician who refused the test) and the GP says we MUST test the Vitamin D as it is pretty obvious something has caused the improvement, although she said they will probably be normal (NHS Ranges) because of the sunny holiday and supplements.
We are getting the test done next week and I will repost on here the result if that’s ok.
By the way – the paediatrician back in April suggested he has seasonal affective disorder but also said Vitamin D was not necessary, she has now referred him for Psychotherapy which we have declined.
Answered by bevan33190265100 on September 9, 2015 at 1:33 am
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IAWParticipantIAW on September 9, 2015 at 4:54 am
You have to love doctors most of them seem to think everything is “mentally” induced.
So yes I hope you come back and post and depending on where you live you will give your son a higher amount of Vitamin D supplements for winter. Once there is no adequate sun exposure or supplements stop, then Vitamin D levels have a half life of about two weeks. (So for example if at 100ng/ml level the first week, then by the end of the second week the level will be 50ng/ml.)Answered by IAW on September 9, 2015 at 4:54 am