We have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather here in western Kansas and we hope you have been able to take advantage of the extra sunlight and soak up some vitamin D.
It is recommended that adults age 17-50 get between 600-800 IU and adults age 50 and older get between 800-1,000 IU of vitamin D daily. (Some people need more, so talk with your doctor about the correct amount for you.)
If you aren’t getting enough vitamin D from sunlight and food, consider taking a supplement. But, before adding a vitamin D supplement, check to see if any of the other supplements, multivitamins or medications you take contain vitamin D. Many calcium supplements also contain vitamin D.
If you aren't sure if your medications or supplements contain vitamin D, ask your Midwest Family Health pharmacist to check your medications for you for vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D supplements can be taken with or without food. While your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium, you do not need to take it at the same time as a calcium supplement.
If you need help choosing a vitamin D supplement, we invite you to visit with one of our pharmacists at your local Midwest Family Health pharmacy to receive recommendations and review your options for vitamin D supplementation.