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Stunted Hair Growth? HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR VITAMIN D LEVEL?

My Friend

New Member
Thx for the info. I live in FL where the sun is readily available. However, I don't do outside activities all that much because it's so hot. Therefore, the majority of sun exposure comes from walking from my car to the bldg/house/stores/etc. Rarely, am I just outside for hours on the weekend. I wonder if brief exposure enough. When we're outside for lengths of time, we put on sunscreen/block to ensure we are not overexposed. The dh had cancer previously so we're very cautious but we might be short changing ourselves in the Vit D dept with our efforts of being cautious. I'll research this further.

Diva, I'm unsure what cancer your DH had but be sure to research before upping his intake. I know for prostate cancer some studies show it increases prostate cancer cells. Also, if he his on anti cancer meds you need to check with his Dr. also.
 

sqzbly1908

New Member
I have to agree with everything the OP stated.

I saw an article in "O" (Oprah's Mag) talking about one of the the most important vitamins was vitamin D and provided the benefits...I have been taking this for a about 4 or 5 months and I have definitely noticed a difference in health and hair - I am taking the 2000 mg but I have bought the 5000 mg to use after I run out of the 2000 mg...
 

FabuLocks

Member
Are you a smoker? If so, cigarette smoking is known to deplete the calcium out of the bones, causing the bones to crack easily...
 

silenttullip

Well-Known Member
You are correct. I take 2000 IU I don't get time in the sun nor do I eat like I should since taking the vitamin d I feel a lot better. I may even up my dosage. My mom was deficient in vitamin d so that just influenced me to take it. Thanks for this post
 

Nova

Active Member
SND, thanks for this info. I saw my dr. last week and he mentioned my vit. D level is good. I can't wait to see him again to ask him what is good in terms of the numerical range. I'm glad you found the solution to your problem.
 

soonergirl

Well-Known Member
Its vitamin d3... I take 3,000 to 4,000 IU's a day. Its benefits are breast health, and it helps the pancreas. My mother passed from pancreatic cancer so I am on this.. And its a great immune system booster which is a bonus!!
 

nichelle02

Well-Known Member
OK so how much Vit D is everyone taking daily? And is it Vitamin D2 or D3?

I take 5,000 IU of D3. But I live in Minnesota where we had the longest winter ever which meant very little sun at all for me over a significant period of time. Vitamin D3 makes such a difference for me.
 

yardgirl

New Member
I haven't taken any multivitamins in about 6 months. My hair growth has not suffered at all but I will definitely get back on soon.
 

NicWhite

Well-Known Member
SND411

How are you doing with your Vitamin D supplementation? Do you feel an overall state of well-being? Are you still getting good hair growth results from it? :gorgeous:

TIA
 

greenandchic

Well-Known Member
Thanks for the reminder! My levels are always low to borderline low and I tend to forget the importance of vitamin D in my supplement regimen, especially since I live in the Pacific NW now and especially since I have MS.
 

Poohbear

Fearfully Wonderfully Made
I need to check into this too! What is the over-the-counter Vitamin D equivalent to the prescription Vitamin D?
 

chicha

New Member
Thanks for the information OP. We need ALL we can get to help us with our hair issues as most research and helpful info is by whites for whites. Thanks and I'm starting my vit D today.
 

manter26

Well-Known Member
This thread should be linked to the tanning thread. Why not read a book or listen to some music outside on the weekends? The fresh air will do you some good as well.
 

greenandchic

Well-Known Member
This thread should be linked to the tanning thread. Why not read a book or listen to some music outside on the weekends? The fresh air will do you some good as well.

No possible where I live except maybe July - September. I think we maybe had 3 days of sun all of 2011 yesterday included. :lachen: Its back to overcast and maybe rain again today.
 

manter26

Well-Known Member
No possible where I live except maybe July - September. I think we maybe had 3 days of sun all of 2011 yesterday included. :lachen: Its back to overcast and maybe rain again today.

We still absorb sunlight when it's overcast. If it's rainy, that's a different story.

Black people as a whole should tan more if there are so many issues with Vit D deficiency. I'm in Florida, so I lay out by the pool and do outdoorsy stuff at least once a week, but I'm sure there are people in sunny areas who don't.
 

skyslady

New Member
Thanks for that information, I usually take a multivitamin that has 800IUs of vitamin D in it but after reading and hearing so many reports about how most of us are generally low in that particular vitamin. I take an additional 400IUs to be on the safe side.
 

ebsalita

Well-Known Member
:yep:

In 2009 I had very low vit d levels - 7, in fact. Had palpitations, joint pain depression like you wouldn't believe, mood swings etc. Doc gave me the D3 chalky type tablets but they messed with my digestive system quite badly and the doc actually said that there was a debate in the medical community over here as to whether the d3 tabs are readily absorbed by the body????

She then proceeded to give me 2 x vit d shots and then a course of 21 little pills to take over the next few days. Symptoms cleared, and during 2010 and until now 2010 - great growth - I didn't put the two together until OP mentioned it - great post!

I'm going to get my levels read again and top up if necessary - the injections were hard to get hold of in my city, but they're well worth it.... be careful - the pills can give you bad constipation. (sorry if TMI, just a warning!)
 

greenandchic

Well-Known Member
We still absorb sunlight when it's overcast. If it's rainy, that's a different story.

Black people as a whole should tan more if there are so many issues with Vit D deficiency. I'm in Florida, so I lay out by the pool and do outdoorsy stuff at least once a week, but I'm sure there are people in sunny areas who don't.

I actually burn in the sun, even way up north plus I have extreme heat intolerance from the MS so that's a no go for me.

greenandchic
Is the moisture there a huge plus for your hair and skin?

It does help!
 

PinkGirlFluff

New Member
I do advise that people see a physician to have their vitamin d levels checked before taking supplements. You may need more or less than what is recommended on the bottles.
 

Mai Tai

Miss Nigeria-America
Thank you for this post, OP. I went to see my primary care physician, had them check my Vitamin D level, and it was low. 19 to be exact. She had me start Vitamin D3, 2000 IU daily and I started this evening.
 

Charla

New Member
My DH and I were both diagnosed with low vit D and was prescribed 1 pill weekly for 6 weeks vit D 50,000 iu. That was 1 year ago.

Since I'm restocking my vitamins and want to have a "complete" vitamin reggie, I'm
starting D3 5,000 iu daily (since I already have been tested low and am prone to low levels because 90% of my day is spent indoors). Also starting omega 369.

Vitamin reggie- 2000mg Vit C, 3000mg MSM, 1 Multivitamin, 1 B-100, 1 D3 5000iu, 2 Omega 369 --- wow! never taken this many vitamins in my life! Which they could be combined into one or two pills!
 

mzsophisticated26

New Member
I just had my physical a week ago and my blood work came back vit d deficiency. My Dr started me on D3 1000IU a day. I already have hypothyroidism and CCCA alopecia so my hair balding and thinning issues will never go away.
 

LadyPBC

Well-Known Member
No doctor has ever mentioned anything to me about vitamin D - even after blood work but I know I have to have a low level of it. Any other levels I should get check when I pay my fee to visit my doctor?!
 

sikora

Well-Known Member
No doctor has ever mentioned anything to me about vitamin D - even after blood work but I know I have to have a low level of it. Any other levels I should get check when I pay my fee to visit my doctor?!

Did you specifically ask to have it checked? I had to do that with my last blood test and it turned out that my levels were low (19.1).

Ask for a copy of the lab report so you can see exactly what they check for in the blood test. For some reason the test from my gyn was much more thorough than my general physician.
 

michelle81

Well-Known Member
Went to my doctor for a routine physical and my Vitamin D level was only 20. My thyroid level was a little low as well. Both of those levels being low can cause all sorts of problems that mostly go unnoticeable (depression, low libido, weight gain, etc.).

I've been taking both pills for about a month now and have noticed a big difference in my energy levels, although I never had a problem with hair growth (just cut it off from BSL to neck-length) and haven't noticed a big difference there either.

ETA: Please don't take any vitamins/supplements without talking to your doctor first and if you're going to take Vit. D, then get the level checked FIRST. Your level may be okay and there's no sense in taking anything more than needed.
 
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