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    Are vitamin D supplements needed if individuals are not exposed to sunlight due to lockdowns? Any Ideas?

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    Get your doctor to test for levels and he/she will let you know.

    I am on D supplements - the geriatrician in the ward tested staff after finding low level in the patients in the ward.
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    it would be pretty difficult to be stuck indoors enough to require vit D supplements, even with lockdowns.
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    It happens - and i was sailing a lot through the summer at the time... Obviously i was in the sunshine frequently - although i have sailed in the snow at times.
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    If you have osteopenia or osteoporosis your doctor would likely prescribe Vit D for you, probably as colecalciferol to assist with bone growth/slow down bone loss.

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    That's what I'm on John, plus another called Risedronate, also for bone density loss.

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    I haven't come across Risedronate Ken. I've been on colecalciferol for years, now delivered as a once monthly capsule like those old cod liver oil things of childhood! I'm several centimeters shorter than I used to be... I also get the annual aclaster infusion. As Mae West said - getting old is not for sissies.

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    And i don't have osteoporosis - i fall on the footpath often enough when out running and don't break any bones. I have been awkward all my life... I do now know where all the lumps on the street are now though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John H View Post
    As Mae West said - getting old is not for sissies.
    As the saying goes John, someone has to do it!

    RM. as for running, the nearest I get to that was when I dreamt I was trying to get fit and was out for a run. I woke up feeling absolutely buggered. However, I walk regularly each morning at 7am for a regular 2.5K circuit.

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    Risk factors

    Having naturally very dark skin. This includes people from Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Middle East.
    Your skin not being regularly exposed to sunlight, eg:
    avoiding the sun because you have a high risk of skin cancer or are on photosensitising medications (these are medicines that make your skin more sensitive to the sun – your pharmacist or doctor will have advised you)
    regularly wearing clothing that covers a lot of your skin (eg, veils or other clothing covering your legs, arms and face), or
    not going outside.
    If you live in the South Island (especially south of Nelson-Marlborough) and get little time outdoors in the middle of the day between May and August, you may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency in spring. You may wish to consider taking vitamin D tablets from May to August.
    If you have liver or kidney disease, or are on certain medications that affect vitamin D levels, you may be at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

    However.......see a GP. Overdose can cause nausea and vomiting, weakness, and frequent urination. Vitamin D toxicity might progress to bone pain and kidney problems, such as the formation of calcium stones.
    Ex-pctek

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