As we age, and after menopause for the ladies, we’re told to up our calcium. Most of us can do that nutritionally but if we have dairy allergies or gastrointestinal problems we may need supplements. Is it possible to overdo it?
There’s lots of debate as to how much calcium we need each day. The old rule for women over 50 was 1,2000mg per day and for men, 1,000mg. Now, experts are changing the numbers. Many agree that the maximum intake of supplementary calcium should be no more than 500mg a day. Taking more than that has been linked to several chronic and possibly fatal health conditions.
Hypercalcemia, or too much calcium in the blood, can have the following symptoms:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive Urination
- Pain on either side
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Cramping and weak muscles
- Bone pain
- Memory loss
Those of us in the over-50 crowd, probably have our calcium checked each year as part of our annual physical. Thus, we can make sure we’re in the safe zone.
However, if we’re prone to popping supplements, without the guidance of a medical professional, we can be doing more harm than good. In addition to over-doing the supplements, we can have increased blood-calcium levels from medications, severe dehydration, certain diseases, cancer, hereditary factors, and overactive parathyroid glands.
If you suffer from excessive thirst, frequent urination, and abdominal pain, see your doctor for a check-up. Although there are other types of illness and disease that can cause the same symptoms, ruling out elevated levels of calcium could save your life.
The Older We Get, the More Aches and Pains
Sure, as we age more health concerns crop up. However, acute pain or a change in overall wellness should never be ignored.
A friend of mine, who still lifts all of her younger grandkids, experienced sudden sharp pain on her right side. She dismissed it as too much lifting for her out-of-shape body. Then, suffered the very unpleasant passing of a kidney stone. Since a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to calcium leaking into our bloodstreams, perhaps we should chase or our grands around rather than lift them.
It could be that a chase a day will help keep health problems away.