The role of Vitamin D in Covid-19 Disease  

The role of Vitamin D in Covid-19 Disease

Vitamin D deficiency has emerged as a primary risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection and death. Higher vitamin D levels have even been shown to lower your risk of testing positive for the virus in the first place.

According to a Spanish study, 82.2% of COVID-19 patients tested were found to be deficient in vitamin D.

One study found your risk of developing a severe case of, and dying from, COVID-19 virtually disappears once your vitamin D level gets above 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L)

Vitamin D can reduce your risk of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections via several different mechanisms, including reducing the survival and replication of viruses, reducing inflammatory cytokine production and maintaining endothelial integrity

Dark skin color, increased age, pre-existing chronic conditions and vitamin D deficiency are all features of severe COVID disease. Of these, vitamin D deficiency is the only factor that is modifiable. As such, it would be foolish to ignore, especially since vitamin D supplements are readily available and low cost.

Getting the word out about this — especially to the Black community and the elderly in nursing homes — could have a significant impact on future hospitalization and death rates from this virus.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, taking the time to talk to the medical management about vitamin D testing and supplementation could also make a big difference in the general health of all the residents, as vitamin D is something that can strengthen your immune system in a matter of a few weeks and has many health benefits beside lowering your risk of viral illness.

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The role of Vitamin D in Covid-19 Disease  

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