- While calcium is essential for several reasons, including strong bones and teeth, too much of it can cause hypercalcemia.
- Hypercalcemia occurs when you have high blood calcium levels. Causes can include high doses of certain supplements and cancer.
- Blood tests and imaging tests can help doctors diagnose hypercalcemia and determine a treatment plan.
You probably know calcium is important for strong bones and teeth. Plus, it’s “essential for the normal function of organs, cells, muscles, and nerves,” according to Healthline. However, consuming too much calcium can lead to health problems.
For instance, high levels of calcium can cause hypercalcemia. Let’s take a closer look at the condition to help you recognize the symptoms and understand the causes. We’ll also cover treatments and preventative measures.
What Is Hypercalcemia?
Hypercalcemia is a condition that occurs when you have too much calcium in your blood. While calcium is an essential mineral, too much calcium “makes it hard for the body to carry out its normal functions,” according to Healthline. In fact, the source says severe cases can be life-threatening.
According to the Mayo Clinic, hypercalcemia is often caused by overactive parathyroid glands. And the source says symptoms can “range from nonexistent to severe.” But we’ll get more into the details next.