One of our sister practice Cardiologists and co-founder of LabFinder, Rober Segal, MD, was interviewed on Insider Magazine to discuss the worst foods for your heart. 

However, some people are unable to get their vitamin D through natural sources. If that’s the case, you can consider taking vitamin D supplements, according to Dr. Robert Segal, MD, co-founder of LabFinder.com.

There are different dosages of vitamin D for different uses, so you’ll want to have your vitamin D levels checked first before taking any supplements, according to Dr. Segal.

“The right amount of vitamin D can be determined by your physician who would check your vitamin D level and consider your other medical conditions in supplementation,” Dr. Bhanote told INSIDER. Depending on your level, you will be instructed by your provider to take the appropriate dosage.

The dose most people use is 400 to 1,000 IU (international units) per day to make sure that they do not get vitamin D deficiency, according to Dr. Segal. However, it is still best to consult your healthcare provider so that they can give you the best dose as there are a lot of factors to consider like age, medical condition, and beyond, he added.

If you take too much vitamin D, it is possible to reach toxic levels, Dr. Segal warned, so be careful not to take more than 4000 IU per day.

“When it reaches toxic levels, it would cause elevated blood levels, elevated blood calcium levels, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea, bone loss, and kidney failure,” Dr. Segal told INSIDER. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should report them to your doctor.

Additional Vitamin D information:

Are there benefits to taking Vitamin D supplements? What are they?

Whether you take supplements or get it naturally, the benefits are the same. Here are just some of its benefits:

  1. Regulates calcium and phosphorus in the body
  2. Helps with bone growth and bone health
  3. Prevents and treats rickets
  4. Helps regulate the immune system

 


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