As one can overdose on drugs or, you can overdose on dietary supplements, with serious health consequences. The extreme case of . The patient was taking more than 20 different dietary supplements, K, C, B2, 9 and 6, as well as other and probiotics, all at doses well above recommendations. Among them, vitamin D up to 15,000 IU, when the recommended daily dose is 400 IU for an adult. An excess that put his health in danger.
A cocktail of harmful food supplements
The patient had symptoms for three months when he arrived at the hospital and which did not disappear after stopping his overdosed cocktail of food supplements. He suffers from nausea,abdominals, , a dry mouth, a feeling of thirst and an impressive weight loss (12 kilos). His medical history, heavy since he had several illnesses and severe infections, probably weakened him by his abuse of food supplements.
His blood tests show aan excess of in a surplus of which suggests kidney failure, vitamin D levels seven times higher than the amount required for the human body to function. From 375 nmol / L of vitamin D, doctors consider that there is intoxication. the of the patient was greater than 400 nmol/L.
After eight days of hospitalization where the man was rehydrated and took oral treatment with bisphosphonates to treat his hypercalcemia, he was able to return home with rigorous medical monitoring. Two months after admission, the patient’s blood calcium was again within normal values. But the vitamin D level was still over 400 nmol/L. With hertwo months, vitamin D persists for a long time in the body and symptoms due to intoxication can last several weeks after stopping its consumption.
What you need to know about vitamin D
Vitamin D poisoning is rare and the scientific literature on the subject is quite limited. What appears is that the symptoms corresponding to vitamin D intoxication are systemic and often the consequence of hypercalcemia. Vitamin D is important for the normal functioning of the human body, it is supplied by food or synthesized through a. For people with vitamin D deficiency, often the elderly or disadvantaged, or during in countries and regions where the level of sunshine is too low – in northern Europe for example – a vitamin D cure may be justified.
, real vitamin D deficiencies are rare in France. Moderate deficits are common, but can be overcome without taking food supplements; by increasing its activity for example. This vitamin also has no scientifically proven benefits against in non-deficient people, and even within this population, . But the risks associated with an overdose are very real.