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Adequate levels of vitamin D reduces complications, death among COVID-19 patients.

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Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were vitamin D sufficient, with a blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D of at least 30 ng/mL (a measure of vitamin D status), had a significant decreased risk for adverse clinical outcomes including becoming unconscious, hypoxia (body starved for oxygen) and death. In addition, they had lower blood levels of an inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein) and higher blood levels of lymphocytes (a type of immune cell to help fight infection).

“This study provides direct evidence that vitamin D sufficiency can reduce the complications, including the cytokine storm (release of too many proteins into the blood too quickly) and ultimately death from COVID-19,” explained corresponding author Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics and molecular medicine.

A blood sample to measure vitamin D status (measured serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D) was taken from 235 patients were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19. These patients were followed for clinical outcomes including clinical severity of the infection, becoming unconscious, having difficulty in breathing resulting in hypoxia and death. The blood was also analyze for an inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein) and for numbers of lymphocytes. The researchers then compared all of these parameters in patients who were vitamin D deficient to those who were vitamin D sufficient.

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Hey, I take Vit D supplement but I’m sure I’m doing it wrong and should be taking something with it, but I’m confused what it should be, help?

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You should take it with food, it dissolves in fatty food best. I actually take it with my daily pint of Whole (full fat) milk, which is also before eating.

I think I posted on here a few years back about an article in the Daily Mail and the benefits of Vitamin D for COPD patients. As a result I put my husband on a daily dose and he has come through several severe infections, pneumonia 5 times and suspected Covid19 in February of this year. His aware he takes it and agrees he should be taking a daily tablet.

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The older you get the less you are able to manufacture your own Vit D. Certain diseases will also reduce your vit D COPD being one of them along with liver disease among others. I believe it is good thing that he is taking vit D.

I’ve a nice sun trap outside my flat so I’ve been able to sit around 15mins when the sun is out, but this week has definitely turned weather wise, so I’m hoping the pill and some Vit d friendly food will carry me through winter

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