Difficulty walking, walking up stairs, and getting out of a chair
Some research also shows that vitamin D deficiency may also be related to
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. Tests may include the following:
Blood tests to check vitamin D levels and kidney function
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include:
Vitamin D Supplementation
High doses of vitamin D are given for 6-12 weeks. This is followed by a lower dose of the vitamin. The doses are continued until blood levels return to normal.
Calcium plus vitamin D supplements may be given to increase D levels. This can also improve bone strength in older women with low vitamin D.
Exposure to sunlight or UV radiation can increase D levels. Vitamin D3 is produced in the skin when it is exposed to these light sources.
To help reduce the chances of getting vitamin D deficiency, eat a healthy diet. Foods are not naturally high in vitamin D. Many foods are enriched with vitamin D, such as milk, some fruits and juices, some flours and cereal products.
Additionally, the following groups of people should talk with their doctor about whether they need a daily vitamin D supplement:
Infants who are exclusively breastfed
People aged 50 and older
People living in northern latitudes (eg, New England, Alaska)
Women who wear robes and head coverings
People working in occupations that prevent sun exposure
People with darker skin (eg, African Americans)
People who are obese
People with fat malabsorption (eg, pancreatic enzyme deficiency, Crohn's disease,
, celiac disease, liver disease, surgical removal of part or all of the stomach or intestines)
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a