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    Vitamin D supplements

    Is taking 2000 IU's of vitamin D with thousand milligrams of calcium daily for many years safe and beneficial? When were in rehab that is the recommended thing to do to prevent bone loss, has anyone been following this guideline for a few consecutive years with no side effects, or has anyone ran into problems because of it?

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    Since vitamin D is a fat stored vitamin, it is important to not take too much. As far as we know, there is really no evidence that either vitamin D supplement nor calcium supplement does anything to prevent or manage the osteoporosis seen in SCI, it is probably not harmful. It would be a good idea to have your vitamin D levels checked (by a blood test) when you next have labs done though. Discuss this with your provider.

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    [SIZE=16px]Vitamin D Ineffective for Preventing Osteoporosis[/SIZE] (New York Times - Oct. 17, 2013)
    In a large review of studies, researchers have found almost no evidence that taking vitamin D supplements has any effect in preventing osteoporosis in middle-aged adults.
    The analysis, published online last week in The Lancet , included 23 randomized trials that measured the effect of vitamin D on bone density at four sites — spine, neck, hip and forearm — and included more than 4,000 generally healthy participants whose average age was 59.
    The studies used dosages that varied from 500 units a day to 800 or more, given on varying schedules. In some studies, the subjects were given calcium as well.
    Neither the pooled data nor any single study showed a significant increase in bone density across all four sites, and the overall number of positive results was no better than would be expected by chance.
    The large number of participants and the wide range of regimens give the review’s conclusions considerable strength.
    The authors write that the widely believed idea that vitamin D promotes bone mineralization is probably incorrect.
    “We’re not talking about people who are really vitamin D deficient,” said the lead author, Dr. Ian R. Reid, a professor of medicine at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. “But for healthy people focused on osteoporosis prevention, vitamin D does not make a positive contribution.”

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    Talk to your regular doc and urpoogist about the extra calcium. The Vitamin D supplement is about right for most of us to prevent a VitaminD deficiency. People who use wheelchairs tend to get a lot less sun and wind up very deficient.. Have your blood level of D checked yearly.



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    Talk to your regular doc and urologist about the extra calcium. The Vitamin D supplement is about right for most of us to prevent a Vitamin D deficiency. People who use wheelchairs tend to get a lot less sun and wind up very deficient. Have your blood level of D checked yearly. Until your bladder stones are checked I'd stick to calcium in your diet.


    I found a stuudy the VA did way back on vets and Vitamin D and took a copy to my physiatrist at Walter Reed. He did a blood test and for the next 6 months I was on 50,000 IUs every other day. My last one my PCP did and she suggested adding 400 IUs both morning at night. I was already taking 400 so added 1,000 in the evening. I'll have her check again on my next appointment.

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