Sufficient Vitamin D levels can prevent severity of Covid in
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Sufficient levels of Vitamin D can prevent Covid-19 patients’ condition from deteriorating and it can even reduce the need for oxygen, a study by Boston University has shown.

The researchers analyzed the hospital data of 235 patients infected with COVID-19.

Based on CDC criteria, among study patients, 74% had severe COVID-19 infection and 32.8% were vitamin D sufficient.

After adjusting for confounding factors, there was a significant association between vitamin D sufficiency and reduction in clinical severity, inpatient mortality serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and an increase in lymphocyte percentage.

Only 9.7% of patients older than 40 years who were vitamin D sufficient succumbed to the infection compared to 20% who had a circulating level of 25(OH)D< 30 ng/ml.

The significant reduction in serum CRP, an inflammatory marker, along with increased lymphocytes percentage suggest that vitamin D sufficiency also may help modulate the immune response possibly by reducing risk for cytokine storm in response to this viral infection.

Conclusion
Therefore, it is recommended that improving vitamin D status in the general population and in particular hospitalized patients has a potential benefit in reducing the severity of morbidities and mortality associated with acquiring COVID-19.

Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0239799
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