Vitamin D supplement in CKD 3 stage

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Hi All,

In my last blood work (in Feb 2018)I had an issue of low vitamin D, so doctor gave me a supplement to take one at a day. Now I am reading that more use of vitamin D can effect your kidney badly. Any thought on this. How long usually this supplement should be taken? 

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CS

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    My doctor has started me on calcitriol 3 times a week. He said it is for CKD people. If I don't take it I would put my bones at risk.

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    Colombo’s, many CKD patients are deficient in Vit D, as indeed are many of the UK’s population. What is important for those kidney patients taking a Vit  D supplement is that their calcium levels are checked regularly whilst taking the supplement, ideally before commencing the course, half way through and again at the end of the course if prescribed for a specific length of time.  The reason for this is that taking a Vit D supplement allows more calcium from diet to be absorbed into the body and too much calcium can be harmful to the already depleted kidney function.  It can lead to calcium grit forming and such things as gout.  At initial testing, my Vit D levels were found to be low at 39 (normal range 75 - 150/200 depending on which health trust area you are in).  My nephrologist prescribed me 1,000 units of cholecalciferol Vit D3 to be taken daily throughout the three months of winter checking my calcium levels as outlined above and they remained within range.  At the end of the course my Vit D levels are at around 89 and he is happy with that routine which has now been repeated over the last four years.  Hope that helps.
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    I had the same experience.  My kidney doctor checks my vitamin D level with every blood test.  A healthy kidney has a lot of Vitamin D.  It is called "rich" with vitamin D.  An excess amount can cause toxicity.  However it is a large amount that can be harmful.  And it does not cause immediate harm.  So it seems your doctor checked your blood, found you were deficient and gives you a supplement.  The internet can be so full of misinformation.  Yes D can be harmful but it needs large amounts to be harmful.  

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    I, too, am deficient in vitamin D. My primary care physician and my nephrologist work together to manage this. I take 2000 units of vitamin D a day. They monitor both my vitamin D and my calcium levels when they run my monthly renal panels. I'm also at very high risk for osteoporosis from my mother's side of the family. So they have closely monitored my bone density as the family heredity and my CKD place me in the "extreme" risk range for bone issues. So far I'm doing well with my bone health though🐶🐶

    Marj

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