Is Vitamin D Linked With Poor COVID-19 Outcomes?

Is Vitamin D Linked With Poor COVID-19 Outcomes?

Worldwide scientists are busy not only in finding the cure, but the possible causes and the factors that make an individual more susceptible to the virus, and the other on comparatively less vulnerable.

They are also working out to find methods to prevent people from catching the virus and making them less prone to the disease.

We all know that initial studies found that the older people are more likely to die and are not immune enough to resist the lethal virus.

We also published an article pertaining those, more vulnerable to the novel pandemic.

In our recently published article, we have mentioned obese people too, as more susceptible to the disease.

However, in the recent unpublished study, according to the Medical News Today, Vitamin D may have something serious to do with poor COVID-19 outcomes.

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Vitamin D, as we all know is a very important human body need. It is gained usually by sunlight, and gaining it from food is really tough as it is rarely present in any food item, and that too in a very trivial amount.

Taking such foods in excess quantity may have their own lethal side effects. For instance, Vitamin D may be found in an egg’s yolk. But a person suffering from vitamin D deficiency would like to consume more egg yolks.

At the same time, we also know that excess egg yolk has lethal side effects. Not only excess egg yolks may cause obesity as it has a huge sum of calories in it, (and that obesity itself is making people vulnerable to the novel pandemic) but a single egg yolk contains more than half of a person’s daily cholesterol needs.

Thus, as a result, even a single extra egg’s yolk would lead to high cholesterol. And this high cholesterol will not only result in heart and other diseases, but may also prove lethal later.

Not only eggs, almost all such food sources of vitamin D are insufficient for the daily needs. Thus, the only source left behind is the sunlight.

Now a days, life does not allow people to enjoy sunlight, as huge buildings, offices and air-conditioned cars, all lead towards an indoor life.

As even a lay man can observe, people now a days are not vigorous enough to perform arduous tasks. They not only lack stamina, but have weaker bones, which indicates the acute deficiency of the vitamin D.

It is pertinent to mention what Medical News Today reported, citing the aforementioned unpublished study.

the researchers first identified the mean levels of vitamin D for the inhabitants of 20 European countries.

They then looked at whether they could find any associations between these and data around the number of COVID-19 cases in each country, as well as the number of COVID-19 deaths.

The research team reports that, according to their observations, “the mean level of vitamin D in each country was strongly associated” both with a higher number of COVID-19 cases and with higher mortality due to the disease.

The investigators claim that countries such as Spain and Italy, which have among the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Europe, demonstrate low mean levels of vitamin D in blood in their populations.

Based on this association, the researchers hypothesize that vitamin D may help protect against contracting SARS-CoV-2 or experiencing severe outcomes after developing COVID-19.

In their online paper, they write: “In conclusion, we found significant relationships between vitamin D levels and the number COVID–19 cases and especially the mortality caused by this infection. The most vulnerable group of population for COVID–19 is also the one that has the most deficit in Vitamin D.”

They continue:

“Vitamin D has already been shown to protect against acute respiratory infections, and it was shown to be safe. We believe that we can advise vitamin D supplementation to protect against COVID–19 infection.”

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