Saturday, September 28, 2013

Vitamin D Follow-Up

I was finally able to speak live with the nurse from my GP's office and she has solved my Vitamin D "to-supplement-or-to-not-supplement" mystery!  Apparently the reason they don't recommend I take any supplements at this point in time is because:

(1) Vitamin D is a fat-soluble {not water-soluble} vitamin which means that it absorbs into the body and is therefore easy to "overdose" on {which I already knew but doesn't explain why they recommended I took the supplements before they knew I was TTC};

(2) Doctors are very hesitant to recommend any supplements other than pre-natal vitamins to those trying to conceive and/or who may be pregnant.  {Again, I already knew this but it doesn't really explain why all of a sudden they're not concerned that I'm deficient.}

(3) But most importantly, my levels were close enough to the normal range that my so-called deficiency is not that big of a deal.  Normal range is 32-100 and my number was 29, so I guess the potential risks of overdose outweigh the potential risks of deficiency.  This was the missing piece of the puzzle, and with this explanation I now feel more comfortable with the advice not to take the supplements.  I do, however, think I'll be sneaking in some milk or cheese more often than usual to give myself some piece of mind that I'm creeping towards the normal range without putting myself at risk.

One mystery solved -- LOTS more mysteries to go...


  1. I am so glad that you got some answers on this issue. I know that it was bugging you having so much conflicting information. It is amazing what Vitamin D can do for you. I was actually thinking of you over the weekend when someone told me their husband had just been diagnosed with diabetes and they felt that part of the cause was his lack of Vitamin D. I guess you never know, do you?

    1. Aw, you are so sweet! Very eye-opening about your friend's husband, though I believe it. Part of the reason I was so concerned with my low Vit D levels is that (in addition to fertility and gestational issues) such deficiency has recently been linked to certain cancers and autoimmune diseases. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. Like you said, you never know!

  2. Glad you are getting some answers! I just hope you get many more answers and a beautiful positive test soon!

    1. Thank you!!!! I really appreciate the encouragement!


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