From the newsletter of the Vitamin D Council:
Vit D has been taking center stage over the past few years with the discoveries of its positive affects on the elderly maintaining balance to reported lower stress fracture risk among adolescents involved in high-impact activity.
Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin” is found in a limited number of foods such as fatty fish, fish oils and egg yolk and is added to milk and margarine. Some yogurt and yogurt-based beverages may also be fortified with vitamin D, however, other dairy products including cheese, ice cream, ice milk and frozen yogurt are not fortified foods. It can also be produced naturally by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. While it is possible for a healthy person under the age of 50 to get the currently recommended amounts of vitamin D from the diet, it is more difficult for someone over 50 years of age to meet their recommendations.
For those found to be deficient in Vitamin D many doctors prescribe it, with instructions to take one capsule every week, or every two weeks, or even one capsule per month. Up until the last few years, only one vitamin D2 , which is less potent and effective, has been available for prescription. Vitamin D3 has now come on board and is available by prescription!
Bio-Tech Pharmacal has partnered with distributors to make 50,000 IU D3 available for thousands of US drug stores. Unless your doctor writes “Drisdol, do not substitute,” your pharmacist can give you human vitamin D, not plant vitamin D.
If you’re a medical professional, contact your local pharmacy to request they stock the product. If you’re a pharmacist, order the product and begin substituting Drisdol prescriptions now. If you’re a patient, tell your pharmacy today and make sure you start taking D3, not D2. The list of distributors and the information they need to know, is below.
The reasons to switch are as follow:
- Vitamin D3 is the type of vitamin D the human body produces in response to sun exposure. Vitamin D2 supplements are produced by irradiating fungus.
- Research has shown that the body prefers vitamin D3 over D2 when both forms are readily available in the body (Heaney 2011)
- Research has shown that vitamin D3 is more efficacious in reducing mortality risk than D2 (Bjelakovic 2011). Research has also shown than vitamin D3 is more efficacious in reducing the risk of fractures and falls than D2 (Bischoff-Ferrari 2009).
I recommend if 50,000 IU is going to be prescribed, have it noted to take weekly, which equates to 7,000 IU/day. Once every two weeks might do the trick (equivalent to 3,500 IU/day). Once a month is not enough (equivalent to 1670 IU/day).
The list of distributors are as follow:
Bio-Tech D-3-50 (50,000IU)
McKesson Drug Company
HD Smith Wholesale Drug Company
Gulf South Medical Supply
Smith Drug Company
National Drug Source
Signature Joanne Slyter, dietitian Westminster, CO