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Taking vitamin D brings big changes for readers

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Taking vitamin D brings big changes for readers

Published:Sunday, July 6, 2008

Q. I have been struggling with joint pain and just found out that my vitamin D level is really low. My doctor put me on a megadose of 50,000 IU (international units) each week for eight weeks. Then I will switch to 800 IU daily.

I took the first 50,000 IU pill yesterday, and today I can’t believe how good my joints feel. I have no pain and wonder if the vitamin D is responsible.

Shouldn’t a vitamin D check be part of a physical?

A.You may be right. Rheumatologists have reported that low vitamin D levels often contribute to joint and soft tissue pain. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Insufficient vitamin D can mimic other serious problems, too, as this reader reported: “I was diagnosed with MS until the doctor found that my vitamin D level was 8.3 [dangerously low]. I’m on 50,000 IU twice weekly, and I can tell you it makes a huge difference!”

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