Vitamin D deficiency is a nearly universal issue for those with Cystic Fibrosis, due to a combination of inadequate absorption (malabsorption), impaired metabolism and lack of sun exposure. Those with CF may experience the inability to absorb Vitamin D3 due to exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and decreased Vitamin D3 synthesis from sun exposure related to antibiotic use. Also, many individuals with CF have very little body fat, impairing their ability to store Vitamin D.
Those who are overweight can hold abnormally high amounts of Vitamin D in their fatty tissues, reducing the availability of the vitamin to other areas of the body where it is needed. Also, after a patient has had gastric bypass or other weight loss procedures, food is typically routed around the upper small intestine, where Vitamin D3 absorption has been demonstrated to take place.
With age, skin does not absorb sunlight as well. In addition, the body may not absorb vitamin D from food as well. Older people with lower blood levels of Vitamin D (vitamin d deficiency) and reduced muscle function may be more likely to lose their balance and fall. Many older adults also suffer occasional or chronic digestive issues as their bodies lose the ability to absorb and process certain foods and vitamins. Also, 10% of those over age 65 and 25% of those over 75 do not absorb Vitamin D for reasons that are not clearly understood.
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Yes, D3forME vitamin D3 patches contain ingredients that are considered safe for use on people.
It offers a way for those who are malabsorbers of oral supplements to obtain vitamin D3. Furthermore, the vitamin D3 contained in the patch can enter the body without being affected by the digestive process provided by the stomach and the GI tract.
The patch needs to be in contact with the skin to be effective. The best routine is to apply it after a shower or bath on different parts of your body in a revolving cycle. The thigh, shoulder, back, and upper buttock are particularly good locations. D3forME strongly recommends that you do not place the patch on your face, your head, or in the area of your genitals. Apply with care to any areas with excessive hair. The patch will stay in place due to the adhesive used in it. Continue to wear the patch for up to 24 hours.
The best routine is to apply the patch after you take a shower or bath and leave it on until 24 hours have passed or you are taking another shower/bath.
The patch is intended to be worn for 24 hours. D3forME recommends that immediately after taking a shower or bath, you place a patch on your thigh, shoulder, back, or upper buttock.
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