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What Does It Mean if I Have a High Vitamin D Count?

Vitamin D is a hot nutrient as of 2011 and has even been named a super nutrient 4. It has a variety of functions within the body, most notably is its interaction with calcium. Most individuals are deficient in vitamin D due to a poor diet and lack of sun exposure a majority of the year; however, some individuals may have excessively high levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D Ranges

To determine your vitamin D status, you must get a blood test. Vitamin D status is measured in nanograms, or ng, per milliliter, or mL. Vitamin D ranges are as follows: less than 20ng/mL is insufficient, less than 30ng/mL is deficient, 50 to 80ng/mL is optimal and greater than 100ng/mL is considered excess.

Symptoms of High Vitamin D

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Signs that you have a high vitamin D status are hypercalcemia, or high blood calcium, and hypercalcuria, or high calcium in the urine. Symptoms of hypercalcemia include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • headaches

Hypercalcuria generally will not have associated symptoms. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult your physician.

Sources of Vitamin D

Most people in North American receive a majority of their vitamin D from the sun.

High Vitamin D Status

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If you have a high vitamin D level then you may experience hypercalcemia and hypercalcuria. It is impossible to overdose or receive excessively high levels of vitamin D from the sun. Chances are that if you have a very high vitamin D level, then you are consuming a large amount of vitamin D in supplement form. To help reduce your vitamin D levels, discontinue your vitamin D supplement and retest your vitamin D status in a few weeks.

The Wrap Up

Vitamin D is a hot nutrient as of 2011 and has even been named a super nutrient. Most individuals are deficient in vitamin D due to a poor diet and lack of sun exposure a majority of the year; however, some individuals may have excessively high levels of vitamin D. To determine your vitamin D status, you must get a blood test. If you have a high vitamin D level then you may experience hypercalcemia and hypercalcuria.

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