May 31, 2020 | 3:41 PM IST

Overdose of Vit-D damages kidney: Case study

In a rare case, a 54-year-old man with very high levels of calcium counts in his blood has been detected with severe kidney damage. The man with no bone ailment had been taking 8-12 drops of vitamin D everyday for the past 30 months on the advice of a naturopath. The situation triggered when he returned from his holiday trip to Southeast Asia, where he spent his time relaxing under the sun.

The study has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and has been titled, "Use of vitamin D drops leading to kidney failure in a 54-year-old man".

The authors of the case study said that Vitamin D toxicity was rare, but that physicians must be aware of the dangers of too much Vitamin D consumption, in order to avoid the dangers of hypercalcaemia or increased levels of calcium buildup in the blood. "Calcium levels may get worse before getting better in patients even after cessation of supplements, as vitamin D is fat soluble", said the authors in the case study.

Vitamin D, also known as sunshine vitamin, is an important nutrient for the body. It is needed for the intestinal absorption of nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphate etc. and the deficiency may result in a number of diseases like rickets, osteoporosis etc. However, a new case study has pointed out the harmful effects of consuming too much Vitamin D in your diet.

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