COVID-19 UPDATE: Importance of Keeping Vitamin D Optimized                    

Hello once again:

I know that previously in my very first COVID-19 blog, I mentioned that Vitamin D was a crucial component of your supportive care routine during the rise and fall of this pandemic, and I want to re-emphasize this point. Why? In this article the authors review findings that showed that those with the lowest Vit. D levels had the worst outcomes and more serious COVID-19 infections.

Abstract: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with a clinical outcome ranging from mild to severe, including death. To date, it is unclear why some patients develop severe symptoms. Many authors have suggested the involvement of vitamin D in reducing the risk of infections; thus, we retrospectively investigated the 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations in plasma obtained from a cohort of patients from Switzerland. In this cohort, significantly lower 25(OH)D levels (p = 0.004) were found in PCR-positive for SARS-CoV-2 (median value 11.1 ng/mL) patients compared with negative patients (24.6 ng/mL); this was also confirmed by stratifying patients according to age >70 years. On the basis of this preliminary observation, vitamin D supplementation might be a useful measure to reduce the risk of infection. Randomized controlled trials and large population studies should be conducted to evaluate these recommendations and to confirm our preliminary observation.

Bottom Line:

Make sure your Vitamin D levels are optimal, which means around 60 ng/mL. The best way to know is to get your levels tested in a blood test and not just take a random amount. If you need this test, just let us know. Here is a great 4-minute video on why Vit. D is so essential which was published on Medscape May 11th, 2020 and is by JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH from Harvard Medical School, and it is totally worth the 4:23 minute watch.

Please take care of yourself and loved ones: friends don’t let friends be Vit. D deficient!!!

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