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Study: 82% of Covid patients had vitamin D deficiency

Another study conducted by a hospital in Spain revealed a connection between low vitamin D and a person’s vulnerability to COVID.

Researchers working with the University Marques de Valdecialla located in Santander, Spain reported that 82% of the COVID patients they surveyed had low levels of vitamin D.

CTV News reports:

TORONTO — More than 80 per cent of COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Spain had a vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University Hospital Marques de Valdecilla in Santander, Spain looked at the vitamin D levels of 216 patients admitted to hospital for coronavirus treatment between March 10 and March 31.

For the study, the 216 hospitalized patients’ vitamin D levels were compared to those of a control group of 197 people of similar age and sex from a population-based cohort in the same geographical area.

READ: More than 80 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had vitamin D deficiency: study

This shouldn’t surprise us, because several studies have suggested that people most vulnerable to COVID, including those in nursing homes, have low levels of vitamin D.

Study: vitamin D supplements also reduce cold and flu infections

Studies are also showing that taking vitamin D supplements also reduces respiratory infections such as colds and the flu by upwards of 50%.

Harvard University Gazette reports:

A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections. …

“Most people understand that vitamin D is critical for bone and muscle health,” said Carlos Camargo of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the study’s senior author. “Our analysis has also found that it helps the body fight acute respiratory infection, which is responsible for millions of deaths globally each year.”

Their study revealed that taking vitamin D supplements regularly cut risk of infection by 50%.

The investigators found that daily or weekly supplementation had the greatest benefit for individuals with the most significant vitamin D deficiency (blood levels below 10 mg/dl) — cutting their risk of respiratory infection in half — and that all participants experienced some beneficial effects from regular vitamin D supplementation. Administering occasional high doses of vitamin D did not produce significant benefits.

READ: Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Here are a few more COVID related vitamin D studies, if you are interested:

READ: Another study finds having a vitamin D deficiency could make you more likely to catch Covid-19

READ: COVID-19 patients who get enough vitamin D are 52% less likely to die of the infection, study finds

READ: Evidence that Vitamin D Supplementation Could Reduce Risk of Influenza and COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

READ: People with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to catch coronavirus and die from COVID-19 infection, study suggests

READ: Vitamin D levels may impact COVID-19 mortality rates, study claims

READ: The Possible Role of Vitamin D in Suppressing Cytokine Storm and Associated Mortality in COVID-19 Patients

READ: Israeli Study Finds Low Vitamin D Level Linked to Increased COVID-19 Risk

READ: Vitamin D supplements ‘could keep Covid-19 patients out of intensive care’ as study finds hospital patients given 100micrograms per week had ‘significantly reduced’ need for life support

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