About Vitamin D and how it was found that deficiency persists post kidney transplant

Published on May 15, 2014

I’m taking Calcitriol and vitamin D3 at this time.  Have you ever been asked to take vitamin D? Do you take vitamin D3 supplements and/or Calcitriol? Kidney recipients- what does your nephrologist think of vitamin D supplements in general and the idea of you taking them in particular? 

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In one California study, 83% of kidney transplant recipients still had vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency four months post transplant.

 Some smaller studies from Denmark, Sweden, and Germany have found that vitamin D insufficiency occurs in 50% to 80% of kidney transplant recipients, and that may be tied to less favorable transplant outcomes. 

Please consult your physician before adding any supplements especially when they are available over the counter.

“…the tendency for people to spend less time outdoors — a specific recommendation for transplant patients who are on immunotherapy which can already increase cancer risk — is a major factor behind vitamin D deficiency overall.”

Some physicians will be big fans of recommending and/or prescribing vitamin D when vitamin D levels are found to be low in a transplant recipient. On a personal note, I’ve taken two types of vitamin D and I have been taking vitamin D3 pursuant to advice from my nephrologists. In my limited experience, I’ve been told that some nephrologists might have that regimen in mind pre-transplant but will ask the transplant recipient to discontinue the vitamin D post-transplant. Others will want vitamin D to be taken regularly post-transplant.

As always, please consult your physician before adding any supplements especially when they are available over the counter.