More than 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients have a Vitamin D deficiency - By Felicia
NOTE: This information was taken from a study that was published in the Endocrine Society’s “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism” on Tuesday.
This study was created to analyze the possible relation between Vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 disease severity.
According to the study, more than 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had a Vitamin D deficiency.
This study was looking at the vitamin D levels of 216 patients admitted to hospital for coronavirus treatment between March 10 and March 31.
For the study, the 216 patients’ Vitamin D levels were compared to the levels of a control group composed of 197 people.
The researchers found that 82 percent of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients had a Vitamin D deficiency, while 47 percent of the control group also had the deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to health concerns including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
Given the safety and low cost of vitamin D treatments, Hernandez said it would be reasonable to treat those who are most at risk of vitamin D deficiency, such as seniors and those with comorbidities, and who also happen to be the most at risk for developing severe outcomes from COVID-19.