Vitamin D Injection
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the intestines to benefit our bone health and immune system. Vitamin D is available in two forms:
- vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) – present in plants.
- vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) – synthesized over time when we expose our skin to sunlight.
However, since vitamin D is a fickle thing, it isn’t always easy for our body to absorb the necessary amount. A study shows that 1 in 4 people in our country is vitamin D deficient.
Benefits of vitamin D
- Encourages the development of bones
- Contributes to strong bones and prevents bone loss
- Alleviates bone pain, muscle aches, and symptoms of inflammation
- Boosts the immune system
- Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure
- Enhances mood and reduces anxiety
- Reduces the risks of heart disease, obesity, and cognitive decline
When should you get vitamin D shots?
Vitamin D is naturally present in foods like cheese and fatty fish or foods fortified with vitamin D, such as dairy products and cereals. However, if you find you can’t get your recommended daily allowance of vitamin D from dietary sources or sun exposure, vitamin D supplementation is the only way to go. You can opt for a vitamin D supplement or vitamin D injections.
Treatment of vitamin D usually includes 3 intramuscular injections per year, administered at specified intervals, but the dosage depends on the patient’s medical conditions, baseline levels of vitamin D, and levels of calcium. An injection of vitamin D consists of 300,000 IU of vitamin D3.
The effects of vitamin D from a single injection outweigh the effects of oral vitamin D supplements, especially for patients with severe vitamin D deficiency. Several doses of vitamin D injections are often recommended to people with dark skin, suffering from kidney problems, or who struggle getting their vitamin D from food due to poor intestinal absorption.