Assoc. Dr. Muhammed Keskin draws attention to the fact that patients whose vitamin D level reaches toxic levels due to use outside the doctor’s advice and control, who are unaware of their deficiency and the level of deficiency in the body, who are considered to be protective, are increasing.
Stating that they started to see outpatients with toxic levels of vitamin D more often than before, Assoc. Dr. Muhammed Keskin, “Vitamin D is extremely important for our health and plays an important role in maintaining the functions of many organs in our body. Today, a serious portion of our society is deficient in vitamin D, as it is not ingested enough. However, although rare, it is possible for this vitamin to accumulate in our body and reach toxic levels. he says and adds;
“Vitamin D plays a role in the formation of sufficient calcium in the body, strengthening of immunity, protection of bone-muscle and heart health. It occurs naturally in foods and is also produced by the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Most people cannot benefit from sunlight enough to produce enough vitamin D in the body. It is estimated that more than 1 billion people in the world cannot benefit from this vitamin. In addition, taking excessively high doses of vitamin D for a long time causes accumulation in the body. Vitamin D poisoning occurs when the level in the blood rises above 100-200 ng / ml. Since the vitamin is stored in body fat and released slowly into the bloodstream, its effects last for a few more months after the use of supplements is discontinued. This is why using supplements containing higher amounts of vitamin D than the prescribed dose without a doctor’s recommendation.
Vitamin D, which is more common in young women, children and the elderly, remains sufficient for people who can make good use of sunlight all year round. On the contrary, not getting enough sunlight causes vitamin D deficiency and this level decreases even more during the winter months.
Assoc. Dr. Muhammed Keskin “The accepted level of vitamin D in the blood is between 30 and 80 ng / ml. 12 ng / ml is considered dangerously deficient and supplementation is recommended, including those below 20 ng / ml. If the toxic level is above 100 ng / ml, there is enough vitamin D to cause harmful reactions in the body. ” says.
“It’s low, after all.” do not say. There are serious side effects of having too much vitamin D in the body.
Assoc. Dr. Muhammed Keskin “Adequate vitamin D level helps to increase immunity and seriously protects against diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer. But excessive and unconscious use also creates serious side effects. The first dangerous side effect is the increase in calcium level in the blood, which we call hypercalcemia. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium from the foods you consume. This feature, which is one of its most important and beneficial roles, raises calcium in the blood to levels that can cause dangerous symptoms when it reaches excessive amounts. The most feared side effect of hypercalcemia is the disruption of the transmission pathways in the heart and causing rhythm disturbance. In addition, it causes digestive system complaints such as stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea due to hypercalcemia, which can be considered generally associated with food intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome.
Another harm of overburdening the body with vitamin D is in bone health. As vitamin D is beneficial for bones, its toxicity in the body causes osteoporosis. ” says.
Vitamin D excess can cause calcification in the heart, increasing the risk of heart attack.
Cardiology specialist Assoc. Dr. Muhammed Keskin also states that high levels of vitamin D increase the risk of arteriosclerosis due to the increase in calcium levels in people with severe kidney disease and cause serious damage to the heart, including calcification.
“The increased calcium level in the blood with the high vitamin D level causes the calcification and hardening problems, which we call calcification, by collapsing into the tissues and vascular wall. Rapid arteriosclerosis observed in people exposed to toxic doses causes increased blood pressure and kidney damage. In addition, the relaxation and contraction function of the heart is impaired due to the accumulation of calcium in the heart muscle, and heart failure symptoms appear. he adds.
Assoc. Dr. Muhammed Keskin: “While low vitamin D levels cause heart failure and many cardiovascular diseases, exposure to toxic doses brings similar results.”
Assoc. Dr. Muhammed Keskin continues his warnings as follows; “Again, high level of vitamin D hardens the heart tissue and increases the risk of arrhythmia in the heart known as Atrial fibrillation, which is the most common risk of stroke and stroke today. It hardens the pericardium and disrupts the pumping function of the heart. In fact, high doses of vitamin D storage in people with an underlying cardiovascular disease increase the risk of heart attack. “
Stating that vitamin D is not an ordinary food supplement, Assoc. Muhammed Keskin adds that this vitamin is an essential hormone for our body and it should be used carefully with the advice and control of the physician.