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10-18-2012, 02:12 AM
A new clinical study published in BioMedCentral's open access journal Arthritis Research and Therapy provides preliminary evidence that vitamin D supplementation could be considered an immunomodulatory agent for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a debilitating autoimmune disease characterized not only by skin, joint, neurological and renal symptoms, but also by inflammation o...

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SleepyInSeattle
10-18-2012, 07:45 AM
Thank you! That is interesting - I know a lot of us have found that supplementing makes us feel better - now maybe we know WHY.

I wish they had talked about how much supplementation you need to see the benefits.

The Survivor
10-18-2012, 10:18 AM
This is some very useful information! Thanks!

jmail
10-18-2012, 02:47 PM
A person should have doctor monitoring of Vitamin D levels though, cause too much causes lots of other troubles. Excess does not "leech" from your system...

magistramarla
10-19-2012, 03:39 PM
Mine tested low once. I took 50,000 IU per day for three months. I've taken 1000 IU per day of D3 ever since. My multi has D3 too.
My D levels haven't been tested again for over two years, so I hope that it's still good.
Hugs,
Marla

jmail
10-20-2012, 04:18 PM
If your thyroid gets checked by a competent doc, then your D is probably getting checked also. There's several other cases (brain is blank at this time) where they should automatically check your D also (electrolytes??)... It's supposedly hard to "overdose", unless you do that 50k level for over 3 months. I'm now back to taking 5k a day and *still* test low...

magistramarla
10-21-2012, 09:30 PM
If your thyroid gets checked by a competent doc, then your D is probably getting checked also. There's several other cases (brain is blank at this time) where they should automatically check your D also (electrolytes??)... It's supposedly hard to "overdose", unless you do that 50k level for over 3 months. I'm now back to taking 5k a day and *still* test low...

That's the thing - my rheumy isn't competent. She only asks for blood work once a year - and then it's only the basics. I'll be going back to my good rheumy next spring. It's going to be fun to watch her freak out at the lack of information that she gets from the current one!
Meanwhile, I'm just trying to keep everything going well without any guidance.
Hugs,
Marla

Bakedtater08
10-27-2012, 09:58 PM
My previous rhumy also checked vitamin D as standard blood work along with my B12, iron etc. for many with sle and sun issues, I could understand why it be protocol (and considering many healthy individuals are also vitamin D deficient) as someone else had said, vitamins and supplements can be great, but also dangerous. Too much of a good thing can easily become a very bad thing! I know personally vitamin D overdose isn't too hard of a feat. My sister was on the same once per week dosage as I am and mistakenly took two together, she became horribly ill with severe headaches, vomit-ing , etc. and for myself, I also made the mistake of taking a multi vitamin which also contained some I was taking prescriptions of. Be sure to always read prescription warnings and over the counter ingredients. Even though something may be readily available on a supermarket shelf, doesn't guarantee it's safe!