Thursday, January 22, 2009

Vitamin D

One year after my bariatric surgery, an extensive battery of blood tests is done to check for all kinds of possible effects. The results are mostly good: notably, I remain non-diabetic, with great levels in cholesterol, blood pressure, and all the other high-importance indicators. My weight loss is still moving, slowly and erratically now but better than a month ago.

There were some out-of-bounds levels on a few parathyroid levels but my doctor isn't sure what, if anything, that implies, so we'll have to see what the surgeon says. It might not mean anything at all. Probably nothing too important.

The one thing that stands out is both our vitamin D levels are distressingly low. More than just "you didn't get enough sunlight" low -- that's not that unusual in the winter in Vermont after a rainy, short summer, after all -- but more like "malabsorption isn't being adequately addressed by vitamins" low. So we're on a vitamin D replacement regimen for eight weeks, after which, we'll be adding vitamin D supplements on top of the usual one-a-day we take three times a day. That should take care of it.

The doctor said that low vitamin D levels correspond to low energy levels. But with all the weight loss and general improvements in health, we've both seen somewhat raised energy levels (not as much now with winter in full force, but even so, some). So I wonder... if we address the vitamin D deficiency, will that make our energy levels even higher? If so, that'll be nice.

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