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Vitamin D Deficient

I just did some routine blood tests at the doctor today and I'm happy to report I've got a clean bill of health, except for one little problem: Vitamin D deficiency.

My doctor said that he's diagnosed more than a dozen patients with vitamin D deficiency due to our indoor lifestyles and our winter weather. PhD students who work all night and eat pot noodles are the worst.

I've got 31 nmol/L vitamin D in my blood and I'm supposed to have 75 to 250 nmol/L. This means that I'm going to have to go on a course of supplements to get back up to the reference level, and have a few minor lifestyle changes to keep it there.

The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency for adults are very general. Basically you feel low and crap. If you're a child you are at risk of rickets.

So it costs very little to get tested, and the information could be the missing piece to explain why you feel crap.

In other news, I've run out of internet bandwidth, so I'll probably be offline except when I'm at uni.


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May. 28th, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
I TOLD you to come out and play in the sun, y'muppet!

*loves you* Vegemite for the wug?
May. 28th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Boomf! I've been ordered to take it as an oil. 5000 units a day vitamin d. They'll be drawing blood to make sure i don't over do it.
May. 28th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Man, first you won't play in the sun, now you won't eat your Vegemite, do you want to get kicked out of the Australians? Go back to Canadia, where your hideous burrow-dwelling, indoor-sport-playing kind is encouraged!

*bomf!* I will wait for you there with a maple-bacon lollipop!
May. 28th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
and it's just part of a normal blood test?
May. 28th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
Nope. I asked for it as an extra along with a bunch of other stuff.
May. 28th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Although now I'm done ripping on you, I've been reading up on the extent to which vitamin D deficiency is suffered by nonwhite people who live far from the equator (above 30° north or south seems to be where the problems start, and Melbourne is 37° south), and asking myself some interesting questions about why I've never even seen it mentioned in public health education or discourse (well, not outside the context of Muslim women who wear full burquas, anyway).

Unsurprisingly, it looks like the Canadians are leading the way on this, but I kinda feel like shouting it around Oxford, which is 51° north. I wonder how many other people are suffering from this and don't know it.
May. 28th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Gosh, and it turns out Oxford's actually further north than Toronto, so it's possible that the stats here might be even worse during winter than that study! The things you learn, etc.
May. 28th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, full journal article is here: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/8/336

(get me and my mad research skillz!)
May. 29th, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
I've got a VitD deficiency too. From the research I've done, it's less about an indoor lifestyle, and more to do with the fact that we're more conscious about skin cancer. My doctor said it was because of regular sunscreen use, but under no circumstances should I stop that. What's a girl to do? Pop a pill of course.

I didn't have to ask for it as an extra. My doctor put it with my normal batch of blood tests.
May. 29th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Here in Canadia nearly all milk & dairy products are fortified with vitamins D and A, for the long winter months :)
May. 31st, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Canadian kids take vitamin d supplements during winter.you wouldn't think we're short on sunlight downunder but the sun tends to be too fierce without clouds.that was a brilliant idea to get tested!

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