Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of adverse effects of COVID infection
An interesting bit of research has just been published highlighting the importance of vitamin D in the ongoing battle against the prevailing viral pandemic that is still making its effects felt. The article entitled “Analysis of vitamin D level among asymptomatic and critically ill COVID-19 patients and its correlation with inflammatory markers” reviewed COVID-19 patients aged between 30-60 over a 6-week period. The study included asymptomatic patients as well as those needing ICU admission.
The study concluded: Vitamin D deficiency markedly increases the chance of having severe disease after infection with SARS Cov-2. The intensity of inflammatory response is also higher in vitamin D deficient COVID-19 patients. This all translates to increase morbidity and mortality in COVID-19 patients who are deficient in vitamin D. Keeping the current COVID-19 pandemic in view authors recommend administration of vitamin D supplements to population at risk for COVID-19.
This study supports our ongoing advise over the pandemic regarding getting adequacy vitamin D intake from diet and supplementation especially now that the days are getting shorter and darker.