Low Vitamin D levels may affect a person’s recovery from COVID-19

Studies show about 40% of Americans don’t get enough Vitamin D

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Vitamin D is an important nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium. But studies show about 40% of Americans don’t get enough of the vitamin.

And, new research is suggesting low Vitamin D levels may affect a person’s chance of getting COVID-19 and recovering from it.

It’s known as the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D helps keep your bones and immune system strong. Now, researchers are finding this vitamin may also be linked to COVID-19.

“There appeared to be worse outcomes in COVID patients who have low Vitamin D levels,” said Dr. Ivan Castro, MD, who practices Internal Medicine at Private Health MD.

In a recent study, more than 80% of 200 hospitalized COVID patients had a Vitamin D deficiency and prescription Vitamin D helped COVID patients recover better. Of 50 patients who received it, none died and only one ended up in the ICU. In a group of 26 patients who didn’t receive Vitamin D, two died and 13 were admitted to the ICU.

“Vitamin D is linked to the immune system,” said Castro, MD. You can make sure you’re getting enough of the vitamin. Food like salmon, sardines, cod liver oil, egg yolks, mushrooms, milk, and oatmeal are high in Vitamin D. Though the sun may be the best source, your body makes Vitamin D when it’s exposed to direct sunlight.

The recommended daily value of Vitamin D for most adults is between 600 and 800 international units, depending on your age.

Sources: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-foods-high-in-vitamin-d#Vitamin-D-and-calcium https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21310306/ https://www.endocrine.org/news-and-advocacy/news-room/2020/study-finds-over-80-percent-of-covid19-patients-have-vitamin-d-deficiency https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/coronavirus-and-vitamin-d/faq-20493088 https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200518/more-vitamin-d-lower-risk-of-severe-covid-19 https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-sunlight-health-effects#:~:text=It%20depends%20on%20your%20skin,effect%20if%20you%20use%20sunscreen https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-Consumer/

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About the Authors:

Roslyn Jimenez is a news producer at KSAT. Before joining the team, she was a producer and video editor at KIII-TV and a radio intern in Corpus Christi. She graduated from Del Mar College with an Associate's degree in political science and liberal arts. Roslyn is family-oriented and loves spending time with her fiancé and chihuahua Paco.