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Many people avoid being out in the sun too much in order to avoid the possibility of melanoma. Even when they do go outdoors they were sunblocks. However, Vitamin D, which we get from the sun, seems to have crucial affects on gene changing, so we need to have more of it.

I still see my oncologist once a year, just to make sure everything is okay. She has told me she wants me to have at least 2000 IU a day. (I actually take more, because in addition to the Vitamin D tablets the Calcium has 800 IU).

http://www.wcvb.com/health/Low-Vitamin-D-levels-linked-to-in...

Has anyone else heard from their doctors that they should be taking Vitamin D supplements?

Nancy
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yep, here at 58 degrees north, I've heard from a couple of people helped by huge doses and then maintenance.

Apparently this far north, outdoor exposure will rarely generate enough vitamin D.

advice from my doc is to have the blood test and supplement as needed.
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advice from my doc is to have the blood test and supplement as needed.

All my doctors are with MGH, (except for the eye doctor at Mass Eye and Ear, but that's still part of the Harvard Med farm system) so they all have access to my records, and all my prescriptions and the supplements I take are listed. It's much easier that way, and when I'm seeing a bunch of doctors I don't have to write everything down every time.

Nancy
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My Dr. wants me to have at least 1200 mg Vit D - and I've been slacking off on keeping track of that. I've been diagnosed with Osteopenia & should know better

I don't use sunblock, but I make it a point to stay out of the sun during peak hours and prefer the shade at any other time.

Thanks for the reminder.

A/L
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I take 5000 units of Vit D a day. Being a two time colon cancer survivor it's critical for me to get my vit d levels up. It was stuck at 38 for 2 years, finally jumped to 64! I had to get allergy tested for aspirin, since I was diagnosed allergic as a kid, luckily not anymore so I take a baby aspirin daily.

That m^%#f&** cancer better not return!

Jen
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