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What is the treatment for low vitamin D?

Neal Spruce
Neal Spruce on behalf of dotFIT
Fitness
Vitamin D, of course. Depending upon the degree of inadequacy and other factors, high-dose vitamin D supplements are often prescribed by a physician. Regular supplementation and increasing your exposure to sunlight can help increase vitamin D levels that are not too low. If you are like most Americans, your vitamin D levels are subpar, meaning a well-designed daily multivitamin and mineral formula (MVM) containing 600-1000ius should be all you need. The exception is if your doctor has diagnosed a deficiency that needs greater attention.

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Low vitamin D is often treated with vitamin D supplements. There are three ways to meet your vitamin D needs:
  • by taking supplements
  • by eating foods that contain vitamin D, including fatty fish, eggs, cheese and fortified foods such as milk and breakfast cereals
  • by going outside, because your body can manufacture vitamin D in your skin in the presence of sunlight
People at risk for vitamin D deficiency include those who don't get enough sun exposure, those who don't consume enough vitamin D -- containing foods and those who have a condition that makes them unable to absorb or metabolize vitamin D appropriately. Studies show that in some people, taking a daily vitamin D supplement of about 1,000 international units (IUs) is enough to bring their vitamin D blood levels into a normal range. Talk to your own doctor about your vitamin D needs and to see if you might need to take a supplement.

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