Research Confirms Lack of Vitamin D Is Almost Certain To Increase The Risk Of Fatality In COVID 19
4Age, gender and co-morbidities influence vitamin D deficiency
It was found by the team that patients who were deficient in vitamin D had higher chances of dying when their age, gender, and co-morbidities were taken into account. In their paper, they wrote: “When controlling for age, sex, and comorbidity, vitamin D status is strongly associated with Covid-19 mortality outcome of cases”.
To prove if vitamin D could be a potential life-saver, they have decided to call for randomized controlled trials which are considered to be the gold standard of scientific research.
5Vitamin D deficiency is actually a ‘global public health issue’
Due to poor diets, indoor lifestyles along with the lack of sunshine, one in five British adults and one in six children are vitamin D deficient. As per experts, it has been estimated that around 1 billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D. These figures have been described as a ‘global public health issue’.
6The coronavirus lockdown may have caused vitamin D levels to reduce even further
The lockdown due to the present coronavirus pandemic has resulted in months of indoor living. Some scientists fear, that this might have caused already low vitamin D levels to drop down further.
Certain ethnic groups are at an even higher risk as their skin is less able to produce the vitamin in response to sunlight. Older people too face the same danger since their body gradually becomes less efficient in producing this vitamin.
7Vitamin D tablets are not expensive
Since vitamin D tablets are quite cheap, the Public Health England issued guidance in April which advised everyone to take the supplements. “Vitamin D could almost be thought of as a designer drug for helping the body to handle viral respiratory infections”, said Professor Adrian Martineau of Queen Mary University in London. He is currently in charge of leading a trial which investigates how certain lifestyle factors and vitamin D levels affect a person’s susceptibility to the virus.