Recently research conducted tells that there are high chances that patients who have Vitamin D sufficiency will have fewer chances to get complications and die from COVID-19.
As per a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, hospitalised Covid-19 patients who were vitamin D sufficient, with a blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D of at least 30 ng/mL had a significantly decreased risk for adverse clinical outcomes and death.
Furthermore, these people have low blood levels of an inflammatory marker and higher blood levels of lymphocytes.
”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,” said study author Michael F. Holick from the Boston University in the US. Also
To find the results, a blood sample of 235 patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 were taken to measure Vitamin D status.
Clinical outcomes of these patients were taken which include the infection severity, becoming unconscious, breathing difficulties which result in hypoxia and death.
The blood was also checked for an inflammatory marker and lymphocytes number. Later researchers compared these parameters in patients with less Vitamin D and patients with sufficient vitamin D.
They observed that patients who were older than 40 years with sufficient vitamin D were less likely (51.5 %) to die from COVID-19 upon comparing to patients with vitamin D deficiency.
It is believed that Vitamin D sufficiency helps to fight outcomes from being infected not on;y with COVID-19 but also other viruses which are resulting in upper respiratory tract illnesses which also includes influenza.
“There is great concern that the combination of influenza infection and a coronal viral infection could substantially increase hospitalizations and death due to complications from these viral infections,” Holick noted.
Another study which was published earlier this month in the journal JAMA Network Open shows that the deficiency of Vitamin D escalates the risk of getting the coronavirus.