Experiencing bouts of Vitamin D deficiency (low levels of Vitamin D) can cause patients to have difficulty thinking clearly, bone pain, frequent bone fractures, muscle weakness, soft bones that may result in deformities, and unexplained fatigue. Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients must take Vitamin D supplements (also called the "Sunshine Vitamin") since the native form of active Vitamin D declines as kidney function worsens. However, findings are now showing that Vitamin D supplements may be unknowingly coming at a risk to those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis.
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According to a University of Minnesota study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the proportion of patients in America who are taking Vitamin D supplements at amounts that exceed the recommended limit has risen dramatically in recent years — jumping 590 percent (590%) between 1999 and 2014.
Excess Vitamin D can cause calcium to build up in the blood, leading to fatigue, nausea, constipation, headaches and other symptoms, and may cause, over time, the development of kidney stones. "High levels of Vitamin D have also been associated with a greater risk for certain cancers (particularly prostate and pancreatic cancers) and even early death," reported the Minnesota Post. Now, this is the last thing that any Chronic Kidney Disease patient would want to deal with.
Apparently, there is a point of confusion which encourages many patients to take the highest dosage of Vitamin D in order to avoid any of the negative side effects associated with deficiency. However, since Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may be getting Vitamin D from other sources in their diet such as tuna, salmon, egg yolk, or soy milk - they may be intaking too much of the Vitamin D supplement.
In no way should patients stop taking their recommended supplements. Still, those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis should remain on alert, and if they are experiencing some of the side effects associated with Vitamin D overload, then they should notify their Healthcare Team immediately. The Healthcare Team can share potential benefits and harms of adjusting the Vitamin D supplements.
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