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I've been taking otc Vitamin D for quite a while. This is interesting. Thanks for the info

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It is seems odd to me how so many complex issues can be resolved simply by the proper nutrients. I am so glad to hear the Vitamin has been helpful along with good self-care.
Best wishes for continued progress. emoticon

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Just wanted to followup on this thread and give you my good news. My vitamin D level went from 31 up to 55 in two months from the presciption Vitam D. I'm still feeling really good. Plus, my TSH (thyroid marker) went from 5.2 down to 3.0. Along with watching my diet and doing low carb, I think I'm on the road to recovery.

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9/22/11 5:08 P

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It is nice to have an encouraging word. It helps to make the difficult days better.
A good evening to you also. emoticon

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Verbose is a good thing! It's such a balance act and sooooo much to remember. No wonder we sometimes slip and have a bad day.

have a great evening.

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My structured eating plans have always been fairly balanced. I was put on a diabetic diet, which does control portions, but the carbs were not overly restricted.
I will say, that currently, I have my levels under control, no longer take meds, as a result of watching the diet and exercise. However, as I am much more active these days, and often don't feel hunger until I have a drop, I need to add carbs and eat larger portions or I fail to get enough of the proper nutrition. This is my struggle today, so I have all kinds of bells and whistles as reminders. Probably more than you were asking. I sometimes become quite verbose.
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HungryWoman: I watched the documentary last night on hulu.com titled "FatHead" and in one portion it said something about it is no help whatsoever for a woman to be on statins. I didn't catch the reason why because at that time my dog decided she just "had" to go outside. I plan on watching it again to find out the reason why. I've never taken statins so I didn't pay particularly attention to it anyway. Might want to check it out.

Have you tried a low carb diet for your cholesterol problems?

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I find all of this extremely interesting. I. too, am on thyroid meds, have PCOS, insulin resitance, etc. I was taking a statin for cholesterol, but I am medication sensitive and could not stand the side effects. My physcian put me on vitamin D. Being the obsessive person I am, I began to research this a bit. I am finding out that it seems to be very effective for a great many things. I haven't had a level drawn, but it has been something I was considering, Until recently I had no idea this was done. Thank you for sharing. Hope all goes well.
Any updates would be of interest. emoticon

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Interesting topic and one I'm very familiar with. I found out two years ago that I had hypothyrodism. I started taking Snythroid and then Armour and then back To Synthroid. Becasue of crazy side effects, I wasn't able to tolerate either of them...no matter what strength. I was an emotional and physical wreck. I could hardly drag myself out of bed in the morning and my anxiety got worse and worse. I finally got an appt with a endo about 3 hours from our home. It was well worth the trip. The first thing she did was do all kinds of blood work. Yes, I was still hypo and she started me on a new thyroid drug that doesn't have anything artificial in it...no dyes, fillers or perservatives. I've been on it now for about 3 months and not one adverse side effect. Along with that the bloodwork showed that my vitamin D was 31 ....she started me on the 50,000 units twice a week (prescription). I'm here to tell you that I can't believe how much better I feel. I now have energy, no hypo side effects that aren't manageable. I go back Tuesday for new bloodwork and I'm anxious to see what the counts are after taking these new drugs for awhile.

with all this said.....if you haven't had your Vitamin D checked, please do. I believe it works hand in hand with all the other issues that IR, Hypo, Hormone issues, etc. can cause.

good luck.

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I have the worst issues with energy, and I know that a lot of us on Metformin are often Vitamin B deficient, but I was never informed that we may become Vitamin D deficient as well. I had my annual pap done last month and my new OB decided to check my Vitamin D for the energy problem and she called saying I was severely D deficient (mentioned Rickets, but not sure if that was accurate or not after speaking with another physician). She suggested more sun exposure, but I just had another skin lesion removed that may be cancerous and my dermatologist said she was crazy to suggest more sun considering my family history of Melanoma. I think I'll stick to the supplements. Always learning-always searching for new information! Thanks for the post --we all need any information we can get! emoticon

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Thanks Barb - I'm glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful. Good luck with everything!

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6/6/11 9:59 A

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I read your article on Vit D. It was excellent and so helpful. Thank you so much.
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Over 70% of women with PCOS will also have Vitamin D deficiency. It is very important for all women with PCOS to have their vitamin D levels checked and to make sure they remain adequate as vitamin D deficiency has been found to contribute to a host of symptoms such as insulin resistance and high blood sugar, high blood pressure, infertility, weight gain (especially of belly fat), high insulin levels, high cholesterol and triglycerides as well as many other things.

I've written an article on Vitamin D & PCOS for my website: mypcos.info/1/treatments/natural/vit
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There's far too much info there to cram it all into one (or ten) posts here :)

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I really appreciate it. I will do the same. This is a new area for me also. As we must be our own health consumers in order to make the best choices it is good to have as many resources as possible. emoticon

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Thanks for the welcome. I don't know a lot, yet, about the vitamin D supplements,except three doctors have said it's a good thing. My first endo. wanted my levels checked every three months. I guess this and Met. Syndrome are my new areas of research. Ha! I'll share anything I find out with you. Have a blessed tomorrow.
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Barb,
Welcome to the team. I appreciate you sharing your experience. I am recently learning more and more about the benefits of vitamin D. I was put on a 300 mg dose to help with my cholesterol levels, as statins (like most medications) either don't agree with me, or will turn on me at some point. I share many of your challenges except for the ms. I need to do some more research on its advantages, and as I was not informed the levels should be checked, I need to look into that one also.
I am interested in anything you find out and would be willing to share.
Looking forward to knowing you better.

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Hi, I'm Barb, married to J. for 22 years and live in TN.

I am IR MS PCOS and have a thyroid condition.
re: the vit D issue.My levels were low, too, 20 My first endo put me on 50,000 units of Vit D 3x per week. The thought of taking such such a high dose just about scared the liver out of me. I did it, though and got my levels up to 56. I didn't really trust my first endo, so I asked my PCP if this was okay. She assured me I was safe. Well, II have changed endo's and he were going to check my levels ( it's important to check regularly) but since my dh was unemployed for a time and the test is very expensive w/o insurance(close to$300), I decided to stop the Vit D for awhile.

All this to say, after reading your posts, I do want to find out more about this.
Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences. I think we can really be a help to each other. Barb

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5/29/11 5:21 A

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I think they are related too. My vitamin d level was a 14 when I got it checked. My dr wants it to be over 50. Now the weird thing was my fasting insulin was 14 too. lol

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I found the information on the connection between vitamin D and insulin resistance very interesting. I will be looking at this more closely now. I have always taken D with my calcium supplements, and I suppose it is in certain foods in addition to my multivitamin, but I am intrigued about what the relationship actually is. Like most things, I think my insulin resistance is part of a number of factors, so the more I can learn the better chance I have of controlling it.

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it might well relate, but I've been taking D as long as I can remember because of where i live - I don't know a single child growing up who was not taking it for one reason or another.

Yet I still got IR, and now Diabetes so its not the only thing that is in the mix for helping to prevent it.

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I recently had my annual well woman exam. My Gyno is a wonderful doc. I mentioned that there is osteoporosis on my Dad's side of the family (there are 4 boys and 3 of them have it!) Anyway, she decided to test me for vitamin D levels. I just got the results and apparently my Vit D levels are super low. They are putting me on a regimen of prescription level vit D (one a week for 8 weeks then if levels ok, once a month rest of my life).

Long story short, in my initial research I am finding that Vit D and IR can be related. Up till now, I have never heard of a link.... this is what I have found...

www.womentowomen.com/nutritionandweightl
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"To my thinking, what seems essential for us to understand here is the vitamin D connection with insulin resistance. Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the wide set of disorders associated with metabolic syndrome (syndrome X), as well as to PCOS. In a study published in 2004, the authors saw a 60% improvement in insulin sensitivity in healthy, vitamin D replete adults ó and concluded vitamin D was more potent than two prescription medications commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes! But the cadres of drug reps spread out across America are not likely to be reminding your healthcare practitioner about this study. They are not likely to have heard about it!

Clearly, vitamin D seems to be very important in regulating our weight, but we donít yet understand the mechanism involved or how it relates to our environment and individual biochemistry. Still, there seems to be a correlation between rising rates of obesity and vitamin D deficiency. If you are having difficulty with insulin resistance or weight gain ó or canít keep the pounds off once you lose them ó you may want to have your vitamin D levels checked by your healthcare practitioner."

What do you guys know about this?

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