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A man died from an overdose of vitamin D: he was not warned about the dangers of the dietary supplement

A man who took vitamin D supplements for nine months died from an overdose. The packaging of this substance did not clearly indicate the dangers of excessive consumption of vitamin D, reports Insider.

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David Mitchener, an 89-year-old retired British businessman, was admitted to hospital on May 10 with hypercalcemia. This is a condition in which the level of calcium in the blood is too high. Excessive calcium can weaken bones and cause heart and kidney problems such as kidney stones. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, but too much of it can lead to calcium buildup.

When doctors checked Mitchener's blood levels of vitamin D, the levels exceeded all acceptable standards.

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Mitchener died 10 days later. The cause of death was given as heart and kidney failure, excess calcium and vitamin D toxicity, known as hypervitaminosis.

Coroner Jonathan Stevens said there were no warnings on the packaging or jar of the dietary supplements about the risks of overdose or the side effects of taking them.

“Vitamin supplements potentially have very serious risks and side effects when taken in too high a dosage,” he wrote in the report.

Stevens called on dietary supplement makers and regulators to do more to notify people about risks and dosages.

Dosage Information

For people aged 14 to 70 years, the recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 15 mcg or 600 international units (IU). For people over 70, this dose reaches 20 mcg, or 800 IU, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements.

In the United States, dietary supplement packages must list the active ingredients, dosage, and other ingredients such as binders and flavorings.

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The NIH says on its website that manufacturers suggest an optimal daily dose, but doctors may choose a different dosage regimen depending on the patient's condition.

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It is found in some foods, such as fatty fish, red meat, egg yolks and breakfast cereals, but the main source of this vitamin is sunlight.

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