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A man overdosed on vitamin D supplements, and now he has permanent kidney damage
Vitamin D supplements are often touted for a supposed ability to boost mood and increase bone strength, but a new case study demonstrates the dangers of taking too much of the vitamin.
After a 54-year-old man returned form a trip where he spent upwards of eight hours a day sunbathing, doctors found he had unusually high amounts of calcium and vitamin D in his blood that were causing kidney problems, according to a case study in Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).
The man reported that he had gout, hypertension, and a family history of polycystic kidney disease. That's when doctors asked the patient about his supplement use. He shared that he had been taking between eight and 12 drops of vitamin D daily for the past 2.5 years.
Vitamin and mineral supplements won't help you live longer, could cause harm, study says