Tuesday 5 July 2022 11:57 PM You can overdose on vitamin D trends now

Tuesday 5 July 2022 11:57 PM You can overdose on vitamin D trends now
Tuesday 5 July 2022 11:57 PM You can overdose on vitamin D trends now

Tuesday 5 July 2022 11:57 PM You can overdose on vitamin D trends now

Doctors are warning about the dangers of taking too much vitamin D after a man became so ill medics feared he had cancer.

The middle-aged patient, from Kent, lost two stone in three months after suffering from constant vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pains.

His symptoms started a month after taking a daily cocktail of 20 over-the-counter supplements, which equated to 80 times the recommended vitamin D dose.

The unnamed patient was admitted to hospital and had a series of scans to rule out cancerous tumours.

Blood tests revealed his vitamin D level was seven times above normal and he had suffered acute kidney damage.

He was kept in hospital for more than a week and given drugs and intravenous fluids to flush the supplements out of his system.

The doctors who treated him warned his case 'further highlights the potential toxicity of supplements that are largely considered safe'.

Doctors are warning about the dangers of taking too much vitamin D after a man was hospitalised with kidney failure

Doctors are warning about the dangers of taking too much vitamin D after a man was hospitalised with kidney failure

Vitamin D — the sunshine vitamin — helps regulate the amount of calcium in the body, keeping bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

NHS advice is that everyone should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement during the autumn and winter.

What is vitamin D and how do I get it? 

Vitamin D is a type of vitamin that the human body gets from both diet and produces when exposed to sunlight. 

What does it do?

It helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body.

These nutrients are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.  

People who don't get enough vitamin D can suffer from bone deformities such as rickets in children and osteomalacia (a softening of the bones) in adults.   

How do I get enough vitamin D?

In the UK most people will get the vitamin D they need from sunlight between April and September as long as they go outside.

The body naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

Vitamin D is also found in foods such as oily fish, liver and egg yolks.

Do I need to take a supplement?

The NHS says people should consider taking a vitamin D supplement in the winter month when sunlight is weaker.

Other people may need to take vitamin D throughout the year due to being housebound, or if they have dark skin which reduces the amount of sunlight their skin absorbs. 

Children aged one-to-four years old should also be given a daily vitamin D supplement of 10micrograms(μg) of throughout the year. 

How much should I take?    

The NHS advises 10μg a day is enough for most people.

What happens if I take too much? 

Taking too much

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