Vitamin D3 deficiency

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After having some recent blood tests it showed up that I was deficient in vitamin d3 so my GP has prescribed a course of vit d3 supplements for 12 weeks.  Should I continue with buying and taking the supplement after I finish this course?  My GP who prescribed them for me told me it is the only supplement he takes.

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    Have a blood test in three months time and see if the reading has improved and whether you need to carry on taking supplements. It usually takes a minimum of three months to build up your vit D. What is your current reading? 
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      I have a print out of my blood test results and for the deficiency it reads:Less than 15 mmol, severe deficiency, 15 - 30 mmol, deficiency and 30-50 mmol, may be inadequate in some people then it says 50 mmol, sufficient for almost the whole population but it doesn't say what my reading was.
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      How strange. You don't think you are 50 mmol do you? They now reckon we should be 70 or over for normal. 
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      My reading was 27 and a 15 - 30 reading is a deficiency so not too bad really.  I only have 6 more supplement tablets to take and then i finish.  Would it be a good idea if i asked my GP for a follow up blood test to see what my reading is after the course and discuss whether i need to take them on a regular, daily basis? 
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      I have had follow up blood tests, I think it is a good idea if your GP agrees. I have gone from 26 to 72 in eighteen months or so, taking vit D all along. I think they recommend 70 as a minimum normal nowadays although it used to be 50.
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    My level was at 13, was told I'm on it for life... 2 000 IU/day once my level goes back up to normal.

    ​Can't hurt.  If you aren't out in the sunshine alot or wear sunscreen, I would...it's hard to get what we need from food...

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      I spoke to my GP about this and she said I will be tested again for it at my 6 monthly diabetic review as she said I wouldn't really need to take them every day so I'll just put a reminder on my calendar for 6 months time. 
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