People often are told they are inadequate or deficient in D when they’re not.
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Misunderstandings about the recommended amount of vitamin D have led to misinterpretation of blood tests and many people thinking they need more than they really do, some experts who helped set the levels write in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.Blood tests for vitamin D levels – not advised unless a problem like bone loss is suspected – are soaring.Vitamin D pill use also grew, from 5 percent of Americans in 1999 to 19 percent in 2012 .That may be due to many reports suggesting harm from too little of "the sunshine vitamin," called that because our skin makes vitamin D from sun exposure. Nearly 26,000 people have been taking 2,000 units of D-3 (the most active form of vitamin D, also known as cholecalciferol) or dummy pills every day for five years.
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