Am I vitamin D Deficient? You might be if…

Am I vitamin D Deficient?  You might be if…


Now, vitamin D has also been shown, I said
earlier, to regulate the immune system and I mentioned autoimmune disease as a
side effect of vitamin D deficit. And this goes back to what I was saying earlier
about vitamin D being important for regulating the strength and the weakness of the immune
cells. And so there’ve been a number of research
studies that have shown autoimmune diseases like Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis,
psoriatic arthritis, but also psoriasis, which both of those two fall kind of in the same
category. This is just a kind of a short list. It’s not the comprehensive all in be-all-end-all
list, but it is just a short list of different select autoimmune diseases that have been
really well studied. And we have cancer, and I mentioned this a
minute ago, but vitamin D deficiency has been linked to 19 different forms of terminal types
of cancer. We don’t want to play around with vitamin
D. My advice to you. If you haven’t ever had your vitamin D levels
checked, look, when you go in and get your annual physical, get it checked. It’s a simple test, simple blood test 25(OH)D.
Ask Your doctor to run 25(OH)D, and if it’s low, depending on where you live, depending
on who you are, make sure either you’re getting more sunshine without sunscreen number one
or two, make sure that you’re supplementing appropriately and have it rechecked periodically
to make sure that supplementation is the right dose because I can’t tell you how many times
I’ve seen people that have come in to me, they’d been supplementing 6,000 units a day
for you know, a year and their level didn’t change. Their level didn’t budge, it didn’t move. And there are a number of reasons why that
can happen, which is why you want to have it objectively rechecked and reevaluated periodically. Don’t just assume that the level is improving
or going up because you’re taking it. And you know, sometimes it has to do with
what brand you’re taking. Sometimes it has to do with other fillers
or other ingredients in the product. Something else I want to mention that I haven’t
mentioned and I just zoomed over it here. What you want to understand is that vitamin
D is fat soluble and the reason I’m bringing that up now because I didn’t mention this
under the risks and I want to come back to it, is that it’s a fat soluble vitamin meaning
that it’s a fat. And so if we’re talking about dietary vitamin
D, I’m not talking about sunshine-based vitamin D, but dietary vitamin D, if you don’t have
a gallbladder, if you’ve had your gallbladder removed, if you’ve had a surgery, if you’ve
got preexisting liver disease and your gallbladder is not properly functioning, you run a greater
risk of that diet vitamin D that you’re eating through your diet, not absorbing as effectively. So very important to understand that as well. If you’ve had gallbladder surgery, you know,
it’s just one more element of risk to add to what you need to understand about getting
yourself measured. Now, there’s also a list of medications that
I want to bring up tonight that can cause vitamin D deficiency directly. So, let’s talk about what those are. A big one is corticosteroid. So if you take steroids for inflammation,
if you take steroids for autoimmune disease, if you take steroids for inflammatory bowel
disease, if you take steroids for any reason whatsoever, you should understand that taking
steroids lowers your vitamin D. Period. It’s been super well studied. There are a number of research studies that
have confirmed this over the last many decades. Corticosteroids cause vitamin D deficiency. That’s why one of the side effects of corticosteroid,
chronic use of the steroid, and it’s not just corticosteroids, it’s steroids in general,
that’s why they cause osteoporosis. So, think about this in terms of not just
for pain, if you’re taking steroids for pain, but think about it. If you’re using a steroid inhaler for asthma,
right? Think of it if you go in and you get periodic
injections of of a steroid in a knee joint or in a shoulder joint, or if you’ve had it
in multiple joints, right? The stuff stays around in your body for months
and months and months on end. It’s not just the injection and then the injection
wore off a week later. That stuff stays in your body for a really
long time and can cause a vitamin D deficit. So it’s very important that you understand
this. Now, antibiotics can also cause vitamin D
deficiency. So can you antifungals. So, you know many of you, the category that
strikes really hard here is those of you that maybe had been told you have Lyme disease
and you’ve been on antibiotics for you know, months and months, possibly even longer. You know, this is a risk factor for reducing
your vitamin D. Same thing with antifungals. Those of you who’ve been told had a yeast
overgrowth and you’ve been put on strong doses of prescription-based antifungal medications. These guys can cause vitamin D loss. Now, additionally, class of medications to
treat seizures. So, the antiseizure meds can also cause vitamin
D deficiency. It’s important, again, important that you
know that because if you’re being prescribed them and if you’re on them, you want to have
the ability to have your doctor, while you’re on them, monitor your D and possibly even
supplement you with D during that time frame. So, there are also some additional meds that
can cause vitamin D loss in that predominantly are the anticancer medications. So, if you have cancer and you are taking
an anticancer agent, then that also can increase your risk for vitamin D deficiency.

5 Comments

  • Linda Holding says:

    Hello Dr. Osborne that's scary. I will have my calcium tested on regular bases. Thank you.

  • Linda says:

    Love your channel!
    Thank you !!!

  • NoahsMissus says:

    Well known to have low levels if you have thyroid problems. I had mine removed and not one doc tested me or advised me of this! Found out myself years later I was very severely deficient with low calcium despite me pestering doctors ! If I hadn’t got myself tested hate to think
    The mess I’d be in Cos I felt like crap!

  • CryptoChris says:

    What about Corticosteroid creams like Clobetasol propionate? I have very mild Psoriasis on my elbows and knees and use this every time I get a flair up. Literally the spots I get a about the size of a nickle at most and go away after a few days of using the cream. However, I haven't used any in months now since I am trying to change my diet etc…to see if I can knock it out that way, which has been working! I understand I have an underlying issue and need to have everything tested, I just have to find a good functional medicine doc in Minnesota, only problem is finding one that is close to us since we live in a fairly rural area and would have to drive 2-3 hours to get a decent one, which we wouldn't mind if he was like you and knows his stuff Dr. Osborne! 😉 Haven't been to a conventional doc in years…can't trust them!

  • Serina Lewis says:

    I have sarcoidosis its when I found out I was prescribed medication and pretty much the doctors said it was an auto autoimmune disease but really could not tell me much about it or how I got it. So I started doing my own research and I had a blood test on a number of things. The first thing that I ran into was I was deficient in vitamin D and my iron was low and I felt like I needed to start with that I did more research because I don't have more money to keep going to the doctor. As I went on I started repairing my gut and just eating right,sleeping ,exercising. So far so good but I think vitamin d is very important. Thank you Dr for your videos. ❤

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