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Warning: Check and Follow Appropriate Dosage of Supplements to Prevent Risk of Overdose

Be sure to check and follow the appropriate dosage of supplements.

Entered 2024.03.04 13:33 Entered 2024.03.04 13:33 Modified 2024.03.04 15:01 Views 24,382

There has been a case of death due to long-term overdose of vitamin D supplements. The photo is not directly related to the incident. [사진=게티이미지뱅크]There has been a case of death due to long-term overdose of vitamin D supplements.

According to the American daily New York Post, David Michener (89), who lived in London, England, took high doses of vitamin D supplements for nine months before his death. Experts say that the risks of taking supplements are often overlooked, and the incident has served as an opportunity to warn about the dangers of commonly taken supplements.

A post-mortem examination showed that his vitamin D level was very high at 380 ng/mL. Harvard University in the United States recommends maintaining an appropriate vitamin D level of at least 30 ng/mL. The National Institutes of Health recommends 600 IUs (international units) for adults as an appropriate daily dose of vitamin D.

He first visited the hospital due to hypercalcemia (a condition in which blood calcium levels are higher than normal). According to the Mayo Clinic, overdosing on vitamin D can cause hypercalcemia. In addition to vitamin D excess, congestive heart failure, chronic renal failure, hypercalcemia, and ischemic heart disease were recorded as causes of death.

Coroner Jonathan Stevens, who was in charge of the case, said in his official report, “Although overdosing on vitamin D supplements can cause potentially very serious risks and side effects, there were no warnings on the packaging detailing the specific risks or side effects of taking vitamin D supplements.” “If no action is taken, there is a risk that deaths will occur in the future,” he said. “Current labeling requirements do not require these risks and side effects to be stated on the packaging,” he said. “There is a lack of appropriate warnings and instructions on dosage.”

Hypervitaminosis D, which causes various side effects

Hypervitaminosis D is a rare but potentially serious condition that occurs when there is too much vitamin D in the body. It is usually caused by taking large doses of vitamin D supplements, not by food or sun exposure. According to WebMD, an American health information media outlet, it is not clear at what dose vitamin D supplements can cause problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have shown that taking 60,000 IUs of vitamin D per day for several months can cause toxicity.

Taking too much vitamin D can cause calcium to accumulate in the body, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, fatigue, constipation, pain, decreased appetite, dehydration, frequent urination, and kidney stones. If the level is extremely high, it can lead to kidney failure, irregular heartbeat, and even death.

Therefore, if you are taking prescribed vitamin D, you must follow the prescribed dosage and purchase it from a trustworthy source. There are many other vitamin supplements that contain vitamin D, so it is a good idea to check the ingredient list to see how much vitamin D is contained.

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2024-03-05 09:59:34

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