Vitamin D level normal?

RainbowRN
on 8/5/13 11:07 am - OH
RNY on 03/12/13
So I had my labs done recently and they were all pretty good but on the low side of normal. For example iron was 51 and 50 is the minimum. My vitamin d was 31 and 30 is the minimum. B12 was 641 and I know I should definitely be above 500. Still waiting for my other vitamin levels to come back though. Anyone see a problem with these levels? Should I bump up my vitamin intake? Thanks!

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RainbowRN
on 8/5/13 11:08 am - OH
RNY on 03/12/13
Let me add that I have not heard from my doc yet because all lab results are not in. She said she would call me when all results posted. I'm just inquiring early with all of you!

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Kim

on 8/5/13 11:17 am, edited 8/5/13 11:17 am - Castle Rock, CO

My ideals are:

Vit D - 80-100

B12 - 1000 (never happens for me but that's another story)

Ferritin 50 (anything less is in the hands of a haematologist)

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RainbowRN
on 8/5/13 12:06 pm - OH
RNY on 03/12/13
My ferritin was 105 so I'm good there thankfully!

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poet_kelly
on 8/5/13 11:18 am - OH

For D, if it's below 80, we are at increased risk for things like osteoporosis, heart disease and some kinds of cancer (says the Linus Pauling Institute).  31 is way too low.  I like mine around 100.

I would definitely want my iron higher than 51.  I like mine around 100.

Your B12 definitely needs to be above 550 and it can drop fast, so I like to keep mine at least 1000.

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RainbowRN
on 8/5/13 12:08 pm - OH
RNY on 03/12/13
Thanks! I will definitely up my dosages. I had a feeling that I would need to take more D.

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poet_kelly
on 8/5/13 12:14 pm - OH

Most post ops need at least 10,000 IU D3 a day.  Some need a lot more - I have to take 50,000 IU D3 three times a week, for instance.

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chulbert
on 8/5/13 12:51 pm - West Henrietta, NY
RNY on 01/21/13

You're advocating minimum levels much higher than the reference range minimums and in some cases higher than their maximums!  Can you help me understand why so high?  Sources?

poet_kelly
on 8/5/13 12:52 pm, edited 8/5/13 12:52 pm - OH

Why so high is because research shows below 75 or 80 we are at increased risk for things like osteoporosis, heart disease, and some kinds of cancer, and I don't want to have osteoporosis, heart disease, or cancer.

My source is the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University.

ETA: that's why so high for vitamin D.  For iron, I don't want my level near the bottom of the reference range.  I'd prefer it closer to the top. 

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chulbert
on 8/5/13 12:55 pm - West Henrietta, NY
RNY on 01/21/13

So in other words, the reference ranges are wrong?

poet_kelly
on 8/5/13 12:56 pm - OH

They aren't exactly wrong.  They are an average of what a bunch of test subjects tested at.  They just aren't necessarily the levels research shows are needed for optimal health.

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LilyBugsMommy
on 8/5/13 12:22 pm - Kingston, Canada
RNY on 03/12/13

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cajungirl
on 8/5/13 2:08 pm

Do you have all of your iron numbers?  Iron Saturation, Iron, TBIC, ferritin, H&H.....all of them together will give you more understanding on what's happening IMO.  For instance, my regular iron numbers are always mid-range, my ferritin tanks.  You are a nurse right?  Do you understand the CBC and iron numbers vs. ferritin? 

Yeah I'd personally be popping 5000 mg of B-12 sublingual a day to raise B-12.  I actually do take 5000 mg a day and mine stays so far between 1200-1700, I prefer mine above 1200 but no less than 1000.

My D I try to keep around 80+ and have had it go way over 100 and under 80 several times where I change things up some.  You are taking Dry D right?

Any chance you have copies of your pre-op labs?  If you aren't it is very helpful visually to put each set up labs in a spreadsheet and watch your trends.

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RainbowRN
on 8/5/13 9:21 pm - OH
RNY on 03/12/13

Pre op numbers:    3/2013                                                      New levels: 8/2013

Hgb- 14.0                                                                                     Hgb- 12.6

Hct- 43.0                                                                                       Hct- 38.8

Iron- 64                                                                                         Iron- 51

TIBC- 284                                                                                    TIBC- 261

Transferrin Sat- 23                                                                      Trans sat- 20

Ferritin- Not drawn                                                                      Ferritin- 105.7

 

Yup, I'm a nurse but I don't deal with these particular labs on a daily basis except H&H.  I work on a neurosurgery unit so we are more specified.  I haven't used some of these labs since nursing school which was YEARS ago.   You know what they say...you dont use it and you lose it.  :)

I am going to be popping some serious B12 as well and I am going to up my dosage of Vitamin D. I don't take a big dosage now. I usually keep pretty good track of my labs.     

 

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cajungirl
on 8/6/13 6:54 am, edited 8/6/13 6:55 am

With your iron trending downward in 5 months you probably need to stay on top of this for sure.  I'd have to do some research but the ferritin levels if I recall can be skewed sometimes (false read) due to inflammation and various other reasons.  Not saying yours is wrong and since you don't have a previous level to compare just stay on top of the entire iron labs you have and continue to watch for trends.

BTW I hope my original reply didn't sounded like I was questioning you or your nursing degree.  I re-read it and that was not my intent; if you took it that way I apologize.

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