D flat

Once in a while, the doctor wants to Review The Numbers, and since they’re my numbers, I figure I ought to listen.

Where it got unfathomable, though, was on the subject of Vitamin D levels. Surely this couldn’t be an issue for me, given my presumed devotion to the sun. Then again, the sheer freakiness of this winter and the desire to avoid frostbite (or worse) has apparently depleted my stores: I showed up about 70 percent below spec.

He went into the speech: “They say that if we could all stand outside naked for half an hour a day, we’d get all the Vitamin D we need.”

I can do that, I thought, but didn’t actually say. Perhaps I should have. But maybe it wouldn’t have mattered: “Your level is so low that it will have to be corrected by artificial means.” Humongous sunlamp? Nope. Humongous capsule, or something.

And maybe this casts some light on my ostensible seasonal affective disorder: could it be just the lack of D?


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 April 2011 · 8:39 am

    There is a liquid form of the vitamin. I know because my dad was taking it for a while. So if big honking capsules are out…

    I haven’t had mine tested but I suspect that with my two-gallons-of-milk-a-week habit, and the Citrical plus D that I gulp down every morning, I’m probably OK.

  2. nightfly »

    5 April 2011 · 10:20 am

    For me, it’s the B-12. Who knows why. Apparently coffee isn’t a primary source.

  3. fillyjonk »

    5 April 2011 · 10:24 am

    I found I was much happier and even-tempered after I started taking a B complex. Apparently some people do not absorb B vitamins all that well, even if they eat enough grains and stuff.

    also: made my hair shinier, which was a nice bonus.

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