Over the last 5 years, I have posted articles relating to Vitamin D deficiency many times. Each time, I have encouraged increased doses of Vit D for various reasons. The new unofficial standard is 2000 IU of Vitamin D daily (old suggested dose was 400 IU daily) and the the new blood test guidelines (unofficial) are way up from the old 30ng/ml. The most common blood levels numbers I have read are around 50ng/ml.

I have routinely encouraged my female patients to have a Vitamin D level done on their next physical examination and increase their dose of Vitamin D to 2000 IU of Vitamin D3 daily. I have NOT had a single female patient report normal or high levels of Vit D. They have all been Vit D deficient and many were surprised by results showing osteopenia or osteoporosis.

At a recent meeting of the American Heart Association, early results of the VITAL study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that deficient Vitamin D levels were associated with a significant increased risk of stroke in both men and women (blood levels under 50ng/ml). The study is not finished but results strongly suggest that people deficient in Vitamin D are at risk from this deadly and debilitating medical problem.

Once again, I recommend all my patients (men and women) to have Vitamin D levels done when they have their regular medical examinations.

Dr Don Lowrance
General Dentistry
Corpus Christi, TX