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Are you taking too much calcium?
by Jim Sliney, Jr.
Are you taking too much calcium? Having too much calcium in the blood is called hypercalcemia.
It can be brought on by a number of things including
- Taking too much calcium or vitamin D
- Elevated vitamin D levels
- Overactive parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism)
- Certain medications (eg, lithium, which can cause hyperparathyroidism)
- Certain cancers (eg, bone, breast, parathyroid)
- Headache - possibly secondary to dehydration as your body focuses on getting rid of excess calcium through the urine
- Increased thirst - you get thirsty, so you'll drink more causing you to urinate more
- Frequent urination - this is how the body gets rid of excess calcium
- Nausea - possibly secondary to dehydration
- Brain fog, confusion
- Muscle weakness
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Kidney stones or kidney failure
- Neurological problems (eg, brain fog, confusion, dementia)
- Osteoporosis - if your bones are giving away their calcium, as in the case of hyperparathyroidism, this can lead to thinning of the bones