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Vitamin D Deficiency

I just went to the doctor and my blood sugar and cholesterol levels were great but my vitamin D was low--like half or the minimum it should be. So they prescribed a replacement vitamin D for me to take but I am hesitant to take it. I don't know if it contains animal product but my issue is more that I feel I should be able to get what I need through healthy diet/lifestyle. I also have vitamins and calclium pills that have a good amount of vitamin D i them...if I just start taking them consistently.

What do you guys think? Anyone had problems with Vitamin D? I know it's a problem in New England and that the sun isn't always a reliable way to get it because of weather/atmospheric conditions or something. I also know it's pretty present in liver and nasty stuff like that. Yuck. I suppose I could just take the supplement...but I guess I'm feeling kind of contrary---almost like "no i'm healthy already! hmpph"

That's how I usually feel as well but I live in NY and especially since it's been turning to winter already I've started taking a Vitamin D3 supplement. Even people who eat a flesh based diet or any type of healthy diet will usually not be getting enough D, especially if you live in the northeast. If you do take it, be careful how much you take. I was taking too much and was getting horrible headaches and side effects.

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I think that nowadays they're finding a lot of people (omnis and veg*ns) vitamin D deficient.  Here's a bunch of info about vitamin D for vegans: http://veganhealth.org/articles/bones

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D3 is not vegan, but many believe because it's animal derived it's better for us humans to utilize. 

D2 is vegan, and there have been some studies that it's just as effective but they are few and far between, so the verdict is out.  I'd be curious to see what my levels are, but living in Fl and walking my dog, I'm not overly concerned.

I wonder if you could try a vegan D2 supplement and then go back to have your levels checked to see if your absorbing enough?

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What's the difference between D2 and D3?

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From http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/bones#d2d3

There are two types of vitamin D:
    * Vitamin D3 - cholecalciferol; is derived from animals (usually from sheep's wool or fish oil).
    * Vitamin D2 - ergocalciferol; is vegan and usually obtained from yeast (18).

Also, according to the same page, studies show that D2 is absorbed as readily as D3, but it doesn't last as long in the blood stream; so it needs to be taken more frequently.

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What's the difference between D2 and D3?

Excellent article above.  In a nutshell when humans and animals make Vit D, say from sunlight it is in the form of D3....which is why D3 is touted as better for us to take in supplement form.

When plants, such as the mushrooms mentioned in the above article, make Vit D it is in the form of D2, a slightly different configuration.

I think more studies need to be done, but it's looking like D2 is showing some of the same benefits as D3, to the point that if I were dificient in Vit D, I would feel comfortable with the vegan options.

Deva makes a vegan D2 supplement that's relatively inexpensive. 

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Thank you very much for all of the info. I'm going to switch to a D2 supplement now.

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Thank you very much for all of the info. I'm going to switch to a D2 supplement now.

Yay!

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