This is a Gastroparesis recipe blog and a vehicle for eating well and being well. In that spirit I’d like to share that after almost a year my Vitamin D levels have finally settled into a normal range. Shortly after my diagnoses last February I found out I was Vitamin D deficient after my Primary Care Physician sent me for blood tests at my routine annual appointment. Why am I chatting about my Vitamin D levels? Because a significant percentage of the population (non-GPers included) is Vitamin D deficient.
In a nutshell: Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and hormone that promotes calcium absorption in the gut and maintains normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus which are important in maintaining strong bones. Vitamin D also modulates cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function and reduces inflammation. There is growing research suggesting that Vitamin D provides protection from osteoporosis, high blood pressure, several autoimmune diseases and cancers. Vitamin D is found in foods such as fish, eggs, fortified milk and cod liver oil and is synthesized in the skin when exposed to sunlight. The U.S. government currently recommends 600 units per day.
My doctor’s first course of action was to write a prescription for 50,000 units of Vitamin D to be taken once a week for 12 weeks. My levels rose to the normal range and I was told to take a maintenance dose of 2,000 units of Vitamin D3 per day. I couldn’t maintain a normal level at that dosage. My doctor suggested that people with digestive disorders have a harder time absorbing certain vitamins and nutrients and told me to increase my daily dose to 3,000 units of Vitamin D3. Happily, my levels are now in the normal range and I’m continuing (under my doctor’s supervision) at the daily dose of 3,000 units of Vitamin D3.
I’m not a Dietitian and this isn’t meant to be nutritional or medical advice. I’m just passing along what I’ve learned from this experience with the hope that it will be helpful to other GPers. So, if you have Gastroparesis and don’t know what your Vitamin D levels are I suggest you ask your doctor for a simple blood test to see if you are in need of supplementation.
As always…Eat Well! Be Well! Enjoy!