July 29, 2010

Wow! Who knew?  How many of us truly realized how important  the sun is?

Just 10 to 15 minutes  in the sun is all that is advised.   A blood level is now necessary to determine how much Vitamin D you need.  If you have adequate sun exposure, you will need to still take a Vitamin D supplement.  Especially during the fall and winter months when our sun exposure is significantly reduced.  The daily dose for those patients who have normal levels is 2000 IU. It probably is a good idea to increase the dose to 5000 IU during the fall and winter months when you are no longer getting sun exposure.  Please have your primary physician or our office draw your blood for your current levels.  If you are found to be deficient, you will need a prescription dose of 50,000 IU once a week.  We repeat levels after 3 to 6 months to see if you have improved your levels.