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New Delhi: Vitamin D is a very important nutrient that your body needs to maintain good health. He plays various roles in keeping your cells functioning normally, including regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. Calcium and phosphate are essential nutrients for maintaining healthy bones, teeth and muscles. A deficiency of vitamin D can lead to bone deformities, such as rickets in children and many health problems. However, taking too much vitamin D can put you at risk of various health problems, including kidney failure.
According to a new study, vitamin D intake over a long period of time can cause kidney damage. Citing the case of a 54-year-old man diagnosed with kidney failure after taking high doses of vitamin D for years, the study published in Journal of the Canadian Medical Association highlights the risks associated with excessive vitamin D intake, especially in people who do not have a vitamin deficiency.
Excess vitamin D and kidney damage: how are they connected?
Reportedly, high doses of vitamin D – a dose of 8 drops per day – were prescribed by a naturopath, the study said. It is said that the patient did not have a history of bone loss or vitamin D deficiency. However, he took 8-12 drops of vitamin D per day, for a total of 8,000-12,000 IU, for more than two and a half years . This caused very high levels of calcium in the blood, resulting in significant kidney damage. It can be seen that the consumption of high doses of vitamin D supplements over a long period of time can lead to an accumulation of calcium in the body (hypercalcemia).
According to the 2010 Canadian Osteoporosis guidelines, the recommended daily intake (RDA) of vitamin D is 400-1000 IU for most adults and those at risk of higher risk of osteoporosis is 800-2000 IU .
Bourne Auguste, MD, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and first author of the study said Medscape Medical News that the purpose of this case study is to inform a wider audience that vitamin D in large doses [10,000 IU daily] in patients with normal vitamin D serum levels can lead to toxicity. He added that taking more vitamin D than recommended can lead to increased damage and particularly to kidney failure.
What are the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity?
Vitamin D toxicity is rare and usually occurs in people taking supplements at high doses for a very long time without monitoring blood levels. Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity may vary and not be recognized for a long period of time, which may delay the diagnosis. Symptoms include:
- High blood pressure
- Frequent urination
- High levels of calcium in the blood
- Nausea and vomit
- Poor appetite
These symptoms could develop into bone pain and kidney problems. Understanding and being aware of the signs and symptoms of vitamin D toxicity can help prevent chronic kidney damage. You should always talk to your doctor before taking vitamin and mineral supplements.
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