May 26, 2014 - 12:33 pm
I am 71 and have had CLL since I was 62. Initially my WBC count was 12.3, but for the last 4 years has remained at about 19-21. Four years ago I read an article in the MAYO Clinic newsletter about a study on the effects of vitamin D on CLL. When Vitamin D levels are normal, in about 48 percent of the people the increase in the WBC count had been reduced significantly. The WBC count does not go down , it just doen't go up as fast. I immediately went to my regular Doctor. Sure enough, my Vitamin D level was low. He prescribed 2000 I.U's per day and now my Vitamin D level is normal. This may or may not be a coincidence, but my WBC count has not gone up in 4 years. Needless to say I am very happy and my hemotologist only needs to see me 1 or 2 times a year.