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UK public health bodies reviewing vitamin D's effects on coronavirus.

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Public health officials are urgently reviewing the potential ability of vitamin D to reduce the risk of coronavirus.

It comes amid growing concern over the disproportionate number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people contracting and dying from the disease, including a reported 94% of all doctors killed by the virus.

A delayed Public Health England review into the reasons why BAME people are disproportionately affected, which pointed to historical racism, did not review the role of diet and vitamin D.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) began this work last month and is considering recent evidence on vitamin D and acute respiratory tract infection in the general population. Evidence will be considered on specific population groups, including those of different ages and BAME groups.

theguardian.com/world/2020/...

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Eureka! Xx

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2greys in reply to sassy59

Really concerning at the incredibly slow take up though, to something that we have known about for years. I suppose they had to learn to knit their socks first, before pulling them up.

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sassy59 in reply to 2greys

Exactly. Dr. John Campbell has been saying this for quite a while now. The powers that be need to listen, perhaps they are now at long last. Xxxxx

I am just reading the article now, it's very interesting .

I take extra Vit D because of osteoporosis , I wonder if that's helped with my chesty wheeze and cough.....silent lungs after so many years, very strange.

I take Vit C too.

Thanks for the link.....well worth reading .

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I'm also on Vit D (2 daily) for Osteoporosis. It's not made any difference to my wheezing at all.

Thank goodness for that.

I recall years ago going for my Dexa scan - I was vitamin D deficient at the time. I said to the person operating the scanner, hope you are not in here all day (it was a room without windows), he said yes I am mostly, I just go to the canteen for lunch. Wow this could lead to vitamin D deficiency, hope you get checked.

We don't think about the doctors and nurses working all day inside completely covered, lunch in canteen then shop for food on way home rest in front of the tv then to bed and do it all again the next day. How many I wonder have their vitamin D levels checked, how many deficient, its certainly not a routine check, but our health is more at risk if we are deficient.

So sad so many health professional's lives were lost to covid-19 and possible vitamin D deficiency.

Really interesting.

I have been on vitamin d3 for quite few years now I take 4000 one per day

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Fircone in reply to jimmyg23

Has it helped to reduce chest infections and flare ups?

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jimmyg23 in reply to Fircone

Yes I say it has helped get the odd infection but red ice pack not long in getting rid of that

It has for me. I get approx one infection a year and I am very severe, stage 4.

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