Wednesday, April 2, 2014

In Which Jenn Takes Her Vitamin, Singular

Not to suggest that you should believe everything (anything?) you read in your Facebook feed, but I was intrigued by a note posted by a former boss of mine last week about vitamin D. She claimed that she had been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, and because D is tied to thyroid function, it was messing with her weight. Once she started taking vitamin D supplements, she dropped twenty pounds. No other effort needed.

Hmmm.

Point 1: My family, both maternal and paternal, has a history of its female line suffering from hypothyroidism, which of course does a number on the metabolism. I haven't been diagnosed with this issue as yet, BUT I understand that doctors can differ widely in what data cutoffs they use to diagnose the malady.

Point 2: I have a personal history of freaking out about my weight, obsessing over my weight, and essentially letting my weight dominate my life. I've come a long way from my lowest point, but I still wonder - if there's nothing really wrong with me, should I be looking for solutions to problems that don't exist? I mean, sure, I could drop some weight, but I don't NEED to.

Anyway. I bought a bottle of vitamin D supplements. I figure it can't hurt, right? But I thought I'd open it up to the forum: do you have a vitamin regimen, and if so, do you find it makes a noticeable difference in how you feel? Have you had any negative vitamin or similar supplement experiences? How do you know when to leave well enough alone?

Insert "Go Ask Alice" lyric here.

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8 comments:

  1. I'm one of those people who should probably take some kind of supplement given the lack of meat/dairy I consume, but my cheapness combined with my general distrust of vitamins as a legitimate way to accomplish anything healthwise keeps me from taking them.

    Plus, weight wise, I think you're good enough to leave it alone.

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    1. I've been putting packets of EmergenC in my smoothies. Sure, it's more expensive than a regular vitamin pill, but the orange flavor really eradicates the last vestiges of spinach flavor.

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  2. When I was at my lowest weight, I had a bunch of weird health issues crop up. They all went away once I started eating and exercising normally, of course, but in the meantime I went to the doctor because some of my symptoms were strange and of course WebMD told me I could have cancer so I freaked out. My doctor ran a bunch of tests, and when nothing definitive came up, put me on a megadose of vitamin D. Like, prescription-level dose. Like 2000 percent of your daily recommended intake.

    I mean, I was already scary-thin, and I didn't get any thinner. I did feel a bit more energetic, but that's probably from putting ANYTHING ADDITIONAL into my body at the time. Once I started "being normal" again, my doctor ran blood tests again and said I didn't need the prescription dose anymore and that I could just take a normal multivitamin. (I now eat Women's One-A-Day VitaCraves Gummies because GUMMIES.)

    While I'm sure vitamin D genuinely helps some people's actual medical conditions, my aunt is a nurse and said that prescribing/recommending megadoses of vitamin D is sort of a fad in the medical scene right now as a sort of catch-all, but there are no long-term studies on how much you actually benefit from it.

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    1. AHA! So this is like eggs, is it? I hear we can eat the yolks again.

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    2. It sounds like there'll be "STOP TAKING SO MUCH VITAMIN D" articles in like two years. Though I must say I kinda felt like a badass getting vitamins from the pharmacy during the few months I was on a prescription D regimen. And they were small and tasteless capsules, unlike most gigantic OTC vitamins and supplements.

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    3. Haha, probably! Well, I'll finish my bottle and if I don't feel any different then never mind.

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  3. I'm trying to avoid any supplements, but I do take fish oil and one of my son's flintstone vitamins when I remember, LOL. I'm suspecting I have some kind of hormone imbalance but I live in Florida and get lots of sun so I doubt Vitamin D is my issue! Good luck with your experiment!

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    1. You live in Florida, eh? You have a basement you want to rent out? ;)

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