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Do You Get Enough Vitamin D and Calcium?

Can You Get Too Much Vitamin D or Calcium?

Getting more than you need isn't always better, Manson says. It's possible to get too much of the nutrients, usually when you overdo supplements. You can't get too much vitamin D from sunshine, and it's not likely you'd get too much from food.

Too much calcium from supplements can lead to kidney stones. And you may be more likely to have a heart attack and other heart problems, though that's not certain.

If you get too much vitamin D, it can upset your stomach, make you constipated, and lead to weakness.

Should You Get a Vitamin D Blood Test?

Some doctors routinely check vitamin D levels. Others don't. If you're concerned that you might be running low, you could ask your doctor for a blood test.

People with certain health conditions like inflammatory bowel disease are at higher risk for having low vitamin D. So are those who don't get outdoors much, have darker skin, don't take supplements, and don't eat foods rich in vitamin D.

If the test shows that your vitamin D blood level is low, your doctor may recommend supplements.

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Reviewed on January 11, 2016

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