• Information on Vitamin D

    Vitamin D plays an important role in the body.  It is needed for the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D produced in the skin and then converted in the liver and kidneys to its active form.  Vitamin D deficiency can cause health problems such as muscle weakness, fractures, falls (in the elderly), and rickets.

    Sun exposure is a natural trigger for Vitamin D production in the body.  In colder climates where people do not get much sun exposure, Vitamin D supplementation may be necessary.  Patients taking corticosteroids should also consider vitamin D supplementation.

    The current recommendations for vitamin D according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) is 600 to 800 IU per day (1.).  Higher doses of vitamin D are used for treating known deficiencies.   According to the IOM report the upper limit for supplementation is 4000 IU per day.

    Vitamin D is found in foods such as fish and dairy products.  Wheelock Pharmacy carries a variety of vitamin D supplements available in multiple vitamin preparations, vitamin D tablets or capsules, and liquids.  Mention this blog post before December 27, 2011 and you will receive 15% off any vitamin D supplement purchase.

    1. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dietary reference intakes for calcium and vitamin D. November 2010. www.iom.edu/vitaminD

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Wheelock Home Medical

Wheelock is a family owned and operated Home Medical store serving Adrian and Lenawee County since 1945.

700 East Church St.
Adrian, MI 49221
6588 Secor Rd.
Lambertville, MI 48144