Recent studies have looked into reports that patients in hospital with Covid-19 who are vitamin D deficient are more likely to die from the virus than those with a higher level of vitamin D.
Vitamin D link to Covid-19 and deaths
Indonesian researchers analysed hospital records of 780 people who tested positive for Covid 19 (SARS-CoV-2) revealing that 98.9 per cent of patients recognised as being Vitamin D deficient below 20ng/ml died. For patients that had enough of the vitamin D nutrient the death percentage fell to 4.1per cent. The team of researchers found that vitamin D deficient patients were 10 times more likely to die when co- morbidities, age and gender were taken into account.
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence is urgently reviewing the evidence that vitamin D has an effect on Covid19 patients, as multiple studies suggest that a deficiency could have a major impact. NICE have stated that ‘Vitamin D may have a role in the body’s immune response to respiratory viruses. Although sunlight exposure is the major source of vitamin D for most people, it can be obtained from the diet and supplements.’
William Henley, a professor of medical statistics at Exeter University told MailOnline ‘Preliminary research suggests vitamin D levels may also impact on the risk of people suffering from severe COVID-19 infections. In the UK and northern European latitudes, vitamin D deficiency is a public health concern because ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation is of insufficient intensity for vitamin D synthesis during winter months.’
Studies show that one in five British adults and one in six children are lacking the vitamin D nutrient, due to our lack of sunshine, poor diet and indoor lifestyles. With the lockdown months causing many people to be stuck inside for longer periods, with no sunlight exposure, scientists fear that individual’s levels of the nutrient will have decreased further.
It has also been claimed by scientists that BAME people have a higher risk of dying from Covid-19, due to often being more likely to have a deficiency in vitamin D. The pandemic is seeing higher fatality rates from people of Asian, black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The NHS recommends that individuals with darker skin, for example if you have an African background, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D throughout the year. Furthermore, under Coronavirus guidance the NHS are now recommending that everyone considers taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day to ensure correct nutrients are achieved.
Protecting yourself from the virus
With the recommendations from the National Health Service that Vitamin D supplements should be taken during this time and the potential of another spike in Coronavirus cases in the winter months to come, it is now important more than ever before to decrease your risk. Have you considered our supplements? They contain a range of key vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D to ensure your immune system is boosted during these times.