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AUDIO: Dr. Theodore Friedman - What Women Need To Know About Vitamin D And How To Check Your Levels

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So I think you want to look at two things–one is what you need to do to replace a low level, and there’s the pills for vitamin D that in general come by prescription, but they can be available over the Internet; these pills are 50,000 units. So you are talking about 400 units is what the government recommends and 50,000 units is what needs to sort of replace you. So you take your 400 units, you’re never going to get replaced. You might be lucky to break even.

So, what I recommend is, depending on your level, and I think you should get your levels checked first, to take 50,000 units once a week, somewhere between for like if your level is just a little bit low, probably six weeks; if your level is around 20, you probably need eight to ten weeks, and if your level is less than ten you probably need 12 to 20 weeks. And overweight people in general need more than normal weight people, and it sort of also depends on how much you are losing, you know, so if you are not taking much vitamin D in, you might need to take a little bit more.

Once you sort of achieve your target range of around, you know, again, 30 to 50 nanograms per deciliter of the 25-hydroxy vitamin D, you want to go on a maintenance regimen so you could take that 50,000 pills and taking once a month will probably be good. You could take maybe 2000 units a day. That will probably be okay; 1000 units might be okay, but it’s probably a little less than that 50,000 units per month that I recommended. So, probably a good amount is to take it somewhere around that 50,000 units per month.

Yet it’s so fascinating to me because what you are saying is exactly what I have heard from a bunch of different medical experts, including the National Osteoporosis Foundation or Dr. Hollick or really any of those doctors that were presenting there at UCSD. So, if a woman wanted to go into her typical vitamin store—a GNC or Hi-Health, or Whole Foods--would she be able to get the 50,000… what is it, IUs?

Dr. Theodore Friedman: 50,000 IUs – some of them would. I think it is possible to get that.

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